How does Binley Woods Primary School Promote our Nation’s British Values?
Binley Woods Vision and Values
At Binley Woods Primary School, we seek to provide the highest standard of education for all pupils in our care. Our vision is to instil in our pupils an enjoyment and thirst for learning so that they are able to fulfil their potential. Our mission statement ‘Growing Every Child’ embodies our whole school ethos. We want our children to learn effectively, not only so they achieve as well as they can right across the curriculum, but also so they learn about themselves and others so that they can be confident, aspirational and empowered to participate successfully at an academic, social and emotional level in a rapidly changing world.
We want our children to become responsible, active citizens who participate in democracy and public life with respect for diversity and a commitment to working towards greater community cohesion. As an inclusive, caring school where every child matters, we recognise that all children have talents and abilities to celebrate, and a part of our role is to help them discover and develop these. We encourage a strong community spirit, where we show consideration and respect for each other; understand differences, and uphold kind, well-mannered behaviour.
Examples of how these are developed in our school and wider curriculum
· To understand and respect the democratic process
· To understand how they can influence decision making through a democratic process
· To understand how to argue and defend a point of view
· To understand the importance of team work
- Pupils are listened to by adults and taught to listen carefully and with compassion, to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard
- Children learn about the origins of democracy in History. They participate in debates in their RE, English and PSHE learning
- British Values are highlighted in assembly. This is planned for in a systematic way. We make direct links to our school values
- Children vote for elected members of School Council, School Fundraising Council, Eco Team and Online safety Crew
- Pupil Leadership groups are part of the school leadership team giving children a voice in school
The Rule of Law
· Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and apply this to their own lives
· Ability to accept responsibility for their behaviour
· To understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions
· Ability to resolve conflict
· Understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality and society more widely
· To understand that living under the rule of law protects them and is essential for their wellbeing and safety
- School behaviour policy. Children understand our rules and fair and proportionate consequences.
- A practise of restorative conversations supports children to resolve conflict.
- British Values are highlighted in assembly. This is planned for in a systematic way. We make direct links to our school values.
- The police visit school to talk to children about safety walking home, hate crime etc. Children take part in enrichment activities such as bike-ability and know there are rules we must follow
· To understand rights and responsibilities
- Children are given an understanding of the fight some groups have faced to ensure they have their rights through our curriculum offer and focus’ such as Black History Month
- Children are taught the ‘Rights of the Child’ as part of the ‘Taking Care’ programme of learning.
- Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- The work of the pupil leadership groups and the charitable events we raise money and awareness for ensure we are building responsible citizens who understand they can make a difference to others.
- Our curriculum is designed to make strong use of community links. Children learn they can have a beneficial impact on their environment e.g. clearing litter.
- Engaging in learning about environmental issues is integrated in our teaching, for example eco demonstrations in Year 6.
- Children have a strong understanding of online safety through their lessons and assemblies. They know they have a responsibility to ensure others feel safe online.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise that inform their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- Reflective about their own experiences
- Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others
- Use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religions, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Participate in a variety of communities and social settings, cooperating well with others
- Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential part of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity as shown by their tolerance and attitudes
- An RE curriculum which requires children to think deeply about their own beliefs and the beliefs of others
- A curriculum offer that reflects the diversity of our world including authors of key tests in English and important figures in history
- A PSHE curriculum which teaches tolerance and respect
- A range of faith, celebrations and cultural events are a focus for our assemblies
- Resources and displays are representative of our diverse world
- Visits to places of worship as part of the RE curriculum