Promoting Fundamental British Values.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
Repton Primary School British Values Satement.
The Department for Education stresses the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous
expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
At Repton Primary School, we actively promote British Values within our broad curriculum and also through our assemblies. The school has strong links with the local churches and has a programme of visits or visitors from a range of Faith Communities. The school has links with a school in Wellingara, Gambia.
These links enable our pupils to develop an
understanding of a range of communities and cultures beyond their own.
The school has a school council which meets twice each half-term. Children vote for two children to represent their class. The School Council ensures that the children's views are heard and actions implemented. The school council is particularly active in organising fundraising/charity events eg Children in Need and are involved in the recruitment of new staff. All children feel their opinions are valued and are confident to share their views in class eg in debates, acting out conscience alley or when writing balanced arguments (pupil voice). Each class also has two Class Ambassadors who welcome visitors to their class and describe their learning.
The Board of Governors/Parent Voice
Our Governing Body is comprised of elected representatives from the staff, local authority, parents and co-opted governors (community); they usually meet each half term.
We actively invite parents and carers for their views throughout the year; this is done through individual letters, questionnaires, school and class newsletters and our open-door policy to meet class teachers or the Head Teacher at the end of the day. Parents are also invited in to discuss issues and hear up to date progress from the Head Teacher on a termly basis in a 'Parent Forum' session. The Head Teacher is also highly visible on the main gate at the start and end of the school day.
The PSHE Scheme of work and curriculum topics tackle equal opportunities and discrimination through the curriculum.
Rule of Law
School Rules are reviewed with the children at the start of each academic year and children agree on class rules with their teacher. Lunchtime Supervisors have had specific training and promote Playground Rules for positive play times and they work closely with class teachers.
Visits from the local fire service and our Police Community Support Officer
reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community.
We aim to provide a supportive environment within which children and staff can make informed choices and voice their opinions. Two experienced TA’s run 'Positive Play' sessions weekly which enables chosen children on the programme to share their feelings in a supportive environment.
At playtimes children are free to choose playground games and
activities. The Y5/6 Mini Leaders, who organise games daily, enable an effective support network if required and this, with the Friendship bench promotes positive relationships at play times.
We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms and how to be safe during assemblies, PSHE lessons and E-Safety sessions. Year 6 look at human rights and how parliament is run as part of their PSHE topics.
Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics and assemblies. For example, children enjoy grandparents’ day learning about their past and the different toys they played with and the lessons they learnt at school. Our children also represent the school at Remembrance Day service every year, laying a school wreath and the choir singing in the service. A 2 minute silence is also observed during school time.
The school participates in many aspects of the local community (Village Christmas charity Fayre, Giving readings at St.Wystan’s Church, choir singing at the Rainbow Hospice concert, nativity/theme days for the private day nursery children plus the choir singing at the local retirement home).
Our Harvest celebrations enabled us to send many food and toiletry donations to The Padley Centre in Derby, for the homeless.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths & Beliefs
Our RE curriculum, assemblies, theme days (European day of languages/Arts week etc) and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
Key celebrations in different faiths are learned about, for example, Christmas, Easter, Diwali and Chinese New Year.