Promoting British Values
At Northmead Junior School we uphold and teach pupils about British values which are defined as
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Religious Education (R.E) . We also teach British values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British values through our daily assemblies and whole school systems, such as electing and running a successful School Council. We actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.. Actively promoting British values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including `extremist ` views.
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the school council. The election of the school council is based on pupil votes. Children wishing to stand for election prepare a speech, and they are voted as class rep by their peer group. The school council makes many decisions such as playground equipment, being involved in decision-making and planning for an outdoor reading garden.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules are constantly reinforced throughout the time in school. These are class charters, school rules, safeguarding and internet safety rules. These are taught through a unit of online safety lessons at the beginning of each school year as well as being reinforced on safer internet day. Year 3 for example have a safety topic covering road safety and rail safety as the school is located near a main line railway line.
Assemblies emphasise the importance of mutual respect and tolerance. Children and adults are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. The school holds an annual bullying week to help children show respect to other children and celebrate difference. The school has a worry box for children to communicate any concerns with the Home school link worker who will then arrange to meet them.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing children`s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience the diversity of the United Kingdom and around the world. Assemblies and class discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced bullying have been challenged by PSHE lessons and R.E and during anti bullying week activities. Children learn about different faiths and celebrations in RE lessons and from experiences of children in their class.