All schools are expected to promote the fundamental British Values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Belmont Community Primary School upholds and promotes British Values in our curriculum in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school and children have opportunity for their voices to be heard:
We have an active School Council which meets regularly. Each September, every child has the opportunity to stand for election to be a member of the School Council. The older children put forward their cases, explaining how, if elected, they would represent their class members, and how they would like to see the school improved. Every child in Key Stages 1 and 2 vote for two representatives for their class in a secret ballot. Members of the School Council present assemblies and organise competitions and fundraising activities. They have also supported their peers by producing a leaflet to promote attendance at school.
Children have the opportunity to write and make comments and suggestions on the School Blogs.
Questionnaires and Interviews
Children’s views about their learning and school in general are very important to us. Our monitoring activities often involve consultation with our children – their views are sought through questionnaires and interviews, by staff members and sometimes by governors. The children tell us their thoughts about topics such as how teachers’ marking supports their learning, about how they would like targets to be organised and the types of resources they would like in the classroom and on the playground.
Parents are able to share their views by completing an annual questionnaire.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
All children in the school know the importance of rules and the school as a whole follow the Golden Rules that are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Our behaviour system is based on positive reinforcement. A colour code system for behaviour management is aligned to our rules; a well-established system is in place to show children how rules, behaviour and consequences are interlinked. When our school 'laws' are ‘broken’, children are given time to reflect, and they are supported in understanding how they can adapt their behaviour in light of this reflection, given the opportunity to take responsibility and make amends.
Assemblies regularly provide opportunities for children to learn about rules and to reinforce those that are important to the school, the country and the world. All assemblies provide opportunities for reflection and some provide practical strategies that the children can apply across the school day. There is a big emphasis on how the children can support each other. Our Star Achiever Assembly on Friday sees selected children receiving certificates for special achievements that week; certificates are often awarded for exceptional learning attitudes, reinforcing the importance of our school rules.
Within school, children 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 children to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Children learn that their behaviours have an affect on their own rights and the rights of others and they have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what respect means and how it is shown. We help provide children with the skills required to access/share information, make/express decisions and apply themselves to society and the world. These include collaborative work, reading and writing skills, discussions and debates, research and share knowledge as well as gain a broad and balanced understanding of the society in which we live.
Throughout our curriculum we promote fair play and competition. We encourage these values, following and developing rules, inclusion, compromise, celebrating success, being magnanimous in defeat and participating in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity within the school environment. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PHSE teaching reinforces this and the children within our school enjoy learning about different religious celebrations and traditions. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to visit the school to share the knowledge and children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Belmont School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.