Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with the Department for Education, we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are ensouraged 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 Britain are subject to its laws.
The key values are:
rule of law
tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
BRITISH VALUES AT CARLTON PRIMARY ACADEMY
Being Part of Britain
At Carlton, we have always celebrated a pattern of traditions and festivals across the year e.g. Harvest Festival, Remembrance Day, Easter. We also annually organise a range of Christmas celebrations including a KS1 and Early Years Nativity, visits to services at the local church and trips to the theatre to see a traditional Pantomime. More recently we have built into our school calendar more modern ‘events’ such as Children in Need, Red Nose Day (Comic Relief), Sports Relief and World Book day. All of these events are part of our heritage and very much part of our future, and they all help to enhance the children’s experience of school in modern day Britain.
Our curriculum also helps children to understand what it means to be part of Britain. We have explored our local area, children have found out about famous people from Britain’s past and from Britain’s history, considering how it has helped create modern Britain. Through our exciting, project led curriculum, we hope to enrich our children’s learning experiences and develop their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in.
Democracy is embedded at Carlton Primary. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular Ask-It sessions (part of our Open Futures initiative) The elections of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. The School Council work not only to solve issues that the children raise but also have input into their curriculum and the standards of the school.
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. 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 as well as educational visits to Crucial Crew.
Within 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 choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and 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/SEAL lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and underpins our behaviour policy. All members of the school community are encouraged and taught to treat each other with respect. Additional support is given by various members of our team (learning mentor and PSA) for those children who need to further develop self-esteem and the concept of respect. Events such as a weekly Celebration Assembly promote respect for all children’s achievements in school.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Carlton is situated in an area of limited cultural diversity therefore we place an emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Our school environment and displays reflect this by promoting themes with differing cultural and religious backgrounds. We take care to include this into our curriculum themes and use all opportunities to provide a culturally rich stimulus for the work being undertaken. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this as does our work through assemblies and visitors into school. Through this our children gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.