Teaching British Values
It is ours, and every school’s responsibility “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.”
At Skinners’ Kent Primary School we promote these values in the following ways:
At the beginning of each year, children affirm the school’s expectations and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. Every child and staff member abides by these. The children and staff actively engage with each other to create harmonious learning environments where everyone is responsible for the rules.
We encourage children to be leaders throughout the school and we have a number of activities and responsibilities that are undertaken by the children. For example, our Year 1 pupils are encouraged to be play leaders at lunch and play times. They are responsible for encouraging all children to take part at play time, for example by inviting them into games.
Democracy is taught during assemblies and during class-based PSHE sessions. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Skinners’ Kent Primary School.
Behaviour and safety at Skinners’ Kent Primary School are seen as an absolute priority by the entire school community. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school and what is expected of them. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 help reinforce this message.
Children develop a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and develop independence in managing relationships and behaviour. Through our whole school restorative behaviour approach, we enable children to develop the language and strategies to solve conflict and right wrongs.
Children also understand that their behaviour and regard for the rules extends beyond the school itself, such as acting as school ambassadors while on school trips. This understanding means that teachers can organise fascinating school trips secure in the knowledge that children will get the same from them as they do from learning opportunities within school.
At Skinners’ Kent Primary School, 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 young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils 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.
The ethos of our school nurtures an understanding of mutual respect and it underpins the engaging and exciting teaching and learning that happens here. School life abides by our values that nurture kindness, resilience, honesty and respect. The children and all staff connected to our school understand these and work in a manner that encourages everyone to achieve to their highest ability. Assemblies regularly cover ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions related to what this means and how we show it. When a child does well, their achievement is displayed for everyone to learn from their positive attitude and hard work. Learning and effort are highly respected and the whole school is focused on developing an intrinsic sense of worth and achievement.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Skinners’ Kent Primary School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.