Church Gresley Infant & Nursery School
Teaching British Values
The definition of British Values was set out by the government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and added to OfSTED inspection guidance in July 2014:
“to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
At Church Gresley Infant & Nursery School these values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, a rounded programme of assemblies and a positive behaviour policy allowing pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Our school is led by groups such as the School Council and Playground buddies. The council members are voted for each year by pupils. The playground buddies complete a job application and are interviewed by the School Council. They work hand in hand with the staff to raise standards and ensure that all children’s voices are heard. Each year all children complete a questionnaire and in September all infant classes decide democratically on their class rules and all children sign up to these.
Rules of Law – consequences of your actions. Right & Wrong
We have a very strong but positive behaviour policy. Throughout this we consistently promote our high expectations of all at Church Gresley Infant & Nursery School. We have Golden Rules of the school, which everyone is expected to follow. Golden Time is used as a positive reinforcement of good behaviour for all. Those who break one of our Golden Rules or disrupt the learning will lose some Golden Time. This is an extremely successful system with clear, high expectations of all. It shows a clear link between right and wrong behaviour and therefore, links to the civil and criminal law of England. Children who break the Golden Rules are taught to understand that their negative behaviour has an impact on others. The awarding of the kindness cup each week to the best behaved class reinforces this.
We provide a safe and supportive environment in which we encourage all to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms while respecting that everyone else also has those same rights. Pupils are encouraged to make good choices within safe boundaries. They are given opportunities to resolve conflicts effectively.
Mutual respect – caring, sharing and listening to others.
We believe that respect for others is a vital component of moral development. We encourage open discussions in all areas but particularly in lessons which promote citizenship such as SEAL and Circletime.
We actively support all to develop their own reasoned views about moral and ethical issues. We encourage all pupils to understand that they have rights and responsibilities as citizens within Church Gresley Infant & Nursery School and the wider community. We support a number of charities throughout the year and the children have a clear understanding that there are people less fortunate than themselves.
Our community is made up of people from mainly white British backgrounds, therefore, we aim to promote the understanding and appreciation of different faiths and cultures both within our society and the wider world. We encourage our children to learn about different cultures and religions, in order to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of them. We take part in UNICEF’s annual Children of the World campaign and provide a broad and balanced curriculum that collaborates British Values and cultural and religious understanding and tolerance. We actively monitor and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment (This includes cyber bullying, prejudice-based bullying related to appearance, SEN, sex, race, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender reassignment). We have a very positive ethos which enables children to develop self-confidence and to feel part of our special community. We actively promote courtesy and good manners towards all.
This British Values Policy was approved by the Headteacher:
Signed: …………………………………………… Date: …………………..
This British Values was approved by the Governing Body:
Signed: …………………………………………… Date: …………………..
Copies of this British Values Policy will be made available to all teaching staff, the Head Teacher and the Governors.
Copies will be available for parents on the website or from the office on request.
This British Values Policy will be reviewed in November 2017.
Louise Mansell November 2014