As a school we actively promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) of our pupils. This includes the promotion of the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These fundamental British values underpin our school's culture. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, especially through the curriculum, the learning environment, assemblies, play-times and interactions between people as part of the daily life of the school. Below are some of the ways that we promote British values.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard throughout the school day, as well as through our School Council and through questionnaires which seek their views. The School Council meets regularly with our focus on whole school projects and to discuss concerns or issues raised in class circle times. The children who represent classes on our School Council were nominated and voted for by pupils.
The Rule of Law
The importance of rules/laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, when dealing with behaviour. At the beginning of the school year the school rules are agreed with the children. These are displayed throughout school and are regularly referred to throughout the school year. Children are taught the value and reason behind the rules and laws that govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when these are broken.
Within school children are actively encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour and to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, for example through assemblies, circle times, PHSE and e-safety lessons. We have a strong anti-bullying culture and use restorative justice as a tool to manage conflict should it occur.
All members of our school community are expected to treat each other with respect. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own right and the rights of others. We encourage children to accept a person for who they are and that it is possible to have different views but still get along. Our curriculum provides us with many opportunities to embrace and celebrate diversity. Assemblies and our RE curriculum in particular include facts and stories and from a variety of faiths and cultures. Children learn about places of worship that are important to different faiths and we welcome visitors to school to help children's understanding. Children are expected to work and play positively with each other.
At Eagley Infants we will actively challenge children, parents or staff expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.