Fundamental British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the 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 Belford Primary School we believe children learn best when they are confident and have high self-esteem. Our aim, as a school, is to help children learn to build and recognise safe relationships to promote care, concern and empathy for others. We believe these principles will prepare our children for adulthood and prepare them for life in modern Britain.
The children learn about and practice democracy through having their own voices heard and voting democratically for what happens in their school. They complete regular questionnaires about their life and learning in school which help informs decision making in school. We learn about the importance of law in the class, the school and the wider community, through the implementation of a fair behaviour policy and opportunities for discussion in PSHE and assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Children at our school are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment and this way develop their understanding of individual liberty. They learn about rights and personal freedoms and the responsibilities that come with choice.
Our Behaviour Policy is built around the need for all members of the community to show respect to each other. Staff model behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. Our PSHE and RE curricula seek to enhance pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, along with discussions, visits, visitors and the modelling of a tolerant and accepting attitude.
As a school we challenge opinions and behaviours that are contrary to Fundamental British Values. We challenge any member of the school community if they demonstrate discrimination against people on the basis of their beliefs, opinion or background.
Learning about Fundamental British Values is a valuable part of school life.