The Department for Education states that there is a need, “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Sundridge & Brasted we aim to reflect British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and understanding adults who make a positive contribution to British society and beyond. We encourage our children to be unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
At Sundridge & Brasted we actively promote British values in the following ways:
The promotion of democracy runs throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, discussions, and questionnaires. Children in each class vote for the children they want to represent them on school Council and as head boy and girl. Children are consulted and contribute to the development of school practices, for example our zones of regulation and playground facilities.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school worship times. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our ‘Online safety’ and Personal. Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example signing up for extra-curricular clubs, and choosing the level of challenge in some lessons.
As a Church of England school, our ethos is based around core Christian values, including respect. Our aims are firmly based on the value of community and respect, which permeates all aspects of school life, including our school improvement plan and behaviour policy. This is supported by our nurture principles and school vision which underpin worship time and are displayed in the main corridor.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Worship times and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in Religious Education (RE) and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school for example we recently enjoyed sharing the Chinese New Year with one of our pupils and her family.