British values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.
At Gade Valley Primary School we value the diverse backgrounds of all our children, our families and our staff. We are mindful of the Department of Education’s (DFoE) requirement “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 and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014.
Through our Jigsaw PSHE curriculum, we actively promote British values and the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, to help them prepare for ‘life in modern Britain.’
What does this mean?
The 'fundamental British values' are:
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. All pupils are involved in the choosing of their class charter, helping them to distinguish right from wrong and providing the children with the opportunity to reflect on their own behaviour.
The pupils are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Through choice of challenge; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has ‘Golden Rules’, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
The 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and Jigsaw P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge or of participation in extra- curricular activities, our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. We provide an array of opportunities for our children to develop a mutual respect for each other. We actively promote that all members of our school community treat others as they wish to be treated and speak to others as they wish to be spoken to. We nurture a respect and acceptance of other’s Faiths, Cultures and Beliefs through our RE teaching.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
We enhance pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work; to participate in celebrations such as Diwali; welcoming visitors from other schools that are not predominately white British and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks. During Creative Arts/Geography Week, each class will specifically focus on one country. Beliefs, traditions and customs will be studied in depth to enable our pupils to gain an understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
We explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values. We support children in understanding themselves, others and their surrounding world. We encourage our children to use their imagination, be creative and reflective.
We expect children to understand right from wrong and respect the law. They are taught to understand consequences and investigate moral/ethical issues and offer reasoned views.
We encourage and support our children to use a range of social skills and participate in their local community. The children are taught to appreciate diverse viewpoints, resolve conflict and engage with the ‘British values‘ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
We appreciate cultural influences; we appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; we encourage children to participate in culture opportunities; we understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Where can I find more information about SMSC?