British Values at Stonehouse Park Infant School
Our strong ethos and clear core values are embedded in all aspects of our provision. They inform how we all learn, play and work together.
- I am Caring. Compassionate. Loving
- I am Peaceful. Patient. Forgiving.
- .I am Honest. Brave.
- I am Respectful. Open-minded
- I am Joyful. Generous. Hopeful.
- I am Responsible. Trustworthy.
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, and these values were reiterated in 2014. ‘British Values’ have been identified as: Democracy; Rule of Law; Individual Liberty; Mutual Respect; and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs.
At Stonehouse Park Infant School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways: Democracy:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Their interests and ideas are taken into account when teachers plan all learning. Every Friday afternoon children reflect on their week in school sharing ‘what went well’ and ‘even better if’. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others. In our circle times and PSHE lessons, children learn to take turns and share in play, speech and time, and throughout their school life they are encouraged to share, and to show patience and respect. We involve the children to take an interest in what is happening in the country, for example the Olympics and other sporting events, politics and by organizing fundraising events. Pupils are also aware of the role of the Royal Family within Britain, and participate in celebrations when there are significant royal events.
Rule of Law:
Children are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour by involving them in the creation of class rules; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. As a whole school we focus on one core value every half term, these are promoted during assemblies and PSHE sessions. We help children to understand the connection between actions and consequences by the use of Golden Time as a reward for making the right choices. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place. Under our Safeguarding Policy, there is a duty of care to all staff to actively protect and promote the welfare of children. We also have frequent visits from our local police officers and police community support officers.
Children at Stonehouse Park Infant School are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. From the start of their time with us children are encouraged to be independent learners. Children are given the freedom to make choices, such as, selecting their own way to record their work, choosing their Golden Time activity or personal choice of whether to take part in an extra-curricular activity, Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely through our PSHE lessons. E-safety lessons as part of our computing scheme of work enable the children to make choices in a safe manner. We believe that creating a caring and helpful environment can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global; we hold non-uniform day to support Children in Need and collect food to be given to the foodbank during our Harvest Festival. Pupils learn about times within history when individual liberty has been challenged or compromised such as during the Second World War, and they remember those who have given their lives to maintain our freedom on Remembrance Day.
We expect all members of our school community to follow our core values and treat each other with respect. We expect everyone who comes into our school to model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. Treating others how you wish to be treated is an ongoing theme of many assemblies and stories shared with the whole school. We take every opportunity to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of our school community, for example, through our positive interactions, the way we mark children’s work and Time to Shine assembly where the children receive awards for a variety of reasons. Discussions in class and issues which are promoted in whole school assemblies allow the children to show respect and reference to all other individuals. Through our PSHE programme, children are helped to understand how to respect by talking about how actions and words can affect others.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
Each person at Stonehouse Park Infant School is respected and valued without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage, race, sexuality, disability, social or economic status. Through Religious Education, children are taught about a range of faiths and festivals. We further enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs through our assemblies and by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Pupils are encouraged to experience British culture through our various curriculum themes. At Stonehouse Park Infant School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views