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”.
Colley Lane Primary Academy has a whole school approach to British values and SMSC education. Each half term begins with a dedicated focus to the British Values and SMSC which is then woven into our curriculum for the rest of the term, encouraging children and staff to respect and promote the British Values.
We aim to ensure that all of our pupils understand our country and the values that we hold. Our ASPIRE values of active in our learning, sure we can improve, positive in our attitude, imaginative in our thinking, resilient when things go wrong and always giving 100% effort is closely linked with the British values to ensure a safe environment where we can all learn. These are the qualities we ASPIRE to promote as a school and develop in our pupils.
Our approach readies children for life in modern Britain and the wider world. Our curriculum provides many opportunities for children to engage in the principles of British Values and gives them opportunities to apply them to real situations. The following overview demonstrates how we promote the key principles of British Values at Colley Lane Primary Academy.
All students are given opportunities to make choices, every day, at a range of levels.
Our School Council works with staff and governors to give our students a voice. Each class elects a representative at the beginning of the year who attends meetings where children discuss issues and suggest ideas as to how improvements can be made.
Student voice is undertaken by every subject leader and by year group leads to hear how the children are finding different aspects of school life. This then feeds into decision making processes and changes are made when needed.
Further examples of democracy in action in our school:
Each academic year, classes agree on a Charter which will be followed by all in the class. The Charter documents what the children think will lead to a happy and safe learning environment for all. There are further codes of conduct within our school which are followed by all (e.g. corridor, assembly, uniform) and we expect all students and staff to abide. The codes (rules) are consistently enforced leading to all feeling safe and respected at our school.
Our PSHE lessons encourage children to understand their place in the community. They learn that their choices lead to outcomes, teaching them how to make correct decisions. We encourage questioning and reasoning across our curriculum lessons.
Examples of Rule of Law in action in our school:
Much of the work done with Individual Liberty is further reinforced through our PSHE, RE and SMSC curriculum. We refer to this as ‘Colley Lane and the Wider World’ and children are encouraged to look at themselves as well as their place in the wider society. We celebrate differences within our school and are proud of our heritage and cultures. Guest speakers and our links with the local community further demonstrate our support of everyone as individuals.
Examples of Individual Liberty in action in our school:
Children at Colley Lane are proud to be part of a diverse community where all cultures are respected. We ensure that our children are aware of the range of cultures and faiths both within our local community and within the Wider World. The differences are celebrated through stand-alone focus days as well as being entwined within our RE, PSHE and SMSC curriculums. We have close links with lots of groups in our community, including religious groups, parent groups, The British Legion, and we value these greatly.
Circle times, PSHE lessons and assemblies explore issues such as friendship, bullying, racism, respect and prejudice as well as current topical issues whilst our WAT Pledge aims to give children experiences of activities and places where we can see mutual respect first hand, such as parliament trips and visits to London.
Examples of mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs in action in our school: