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Promoting British Values at Finchingfield CE VC Primary School

The DfE have 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.”  

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Finchingfield Ce VC Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:  

Democracy:  Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through PSHE sessions, assemblies, House meetings and pupil questionnaires. Children elected to be House Captains and Year 6 prefects represent the views of their classmates on various issues. The children are frequently encouraged to work as teams to make decisions and to hear and respect the views of others. Where a decision cannot be made, voting is encouraged. The children also get the opportunity to vote on certain activities.  

The Rule of Law:  The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, the responsibilities involved and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police are arranged to help to reinforce this message. The United Nation Convention of the Rights of the Child is used to illustrate the importance of rights, as well as the responsibilities that go hand in hand with these rights.

Individual Liberty:  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 safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, school lunch, how they record findings or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.  

Mutual Respect:  Our Christian values of respect, honesty, enthusiasm, equality and kindness underpin all that we do at Finchingfield. The school’s values permeate all aspects of the curriculum and are modelled by adults and children alike. The school promotes respect and compassion for others and this is reiterated in our classroom environments, as well as our behaviour policy.  

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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Such issues are also embedded in the curriculum. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.