- Our Ethos
Parish British Values Statement
Parish C of E Primary School is committed to serving its local national and international community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing landscape of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within any environment are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. Our school fosters a strong sense of belonging both to the school community and as a citizen of Britain with the responsibilities that citizenship brings. The school recognises the statutory requirements to promote British Values as a part of the curriculum and does so whilst appreciating the backgrounds of all pupils and their families.
The school has an Equality Policy, which follows equal opportunities guidance and guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all so that everyone feels a sense of belonging.
In response to the Department for Education’s guidance on promoting British values in schools, the school seeks to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain and are members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
The ‘Prevent’ strategy sets out these values and all schools have a duty to ‘actively 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 together with a clear strategy for embedding these values.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Parish uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways we seek to embed British values.
Democracy is a vital part of the school’s day to day operations with pupils being able to voice their views and concerns through the school council. Pupils have the opportunity to elect their representatives and have first-hand experience of democracy; all classes elect their own captains through a voting process, with candidates required to put forward a manifesto. Class rules are debated and agreed upon within the principles of the whole school rules. The school also participates in the Trust wide initiative of promoting training for schools councils which has had its core the importance of democracy. Pupils are kept appraised of any significant operational changes at the academy and encouraged to express their views and participate in any discussion. The premises is used as a polling station for local national and European elections, and at that time the older pupils are taught about the electoral process. All Year 6 pupils have monitoring or captaincy, encouraging responsibility and respect.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws that are applicable to the school are regularly reinforced with pupils throughout the school day. Primarily these centre on behaviour which is regularly covered with pupils each day through assemblies, worship and Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE). Pupils are taught the value of and reasons for the laws that protect and govern us together with the consequences of breaking laws together with the need for restorative justice. External agencies such are the police are invited to support the work of the school in promoting the rule of law. High expectations govern the classes, learning environments and wider school community. The expectations of the Codes of Conduct are consistently adhered to, and clear consequences in place when these are broken. Transition processes for secondary school include visits from Transport for London and Police/PCSOs to explain expectations and the legal processes involving the age of criminal responsibility.
All pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at school knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and make suitable choices. Teachers advise pupils how to do this in a safe way through the promotion of e-safety, citizenship and PSHE. Pupils regularly make choices in terms of extra curricula activities. Pupils make individual choices within a safe, secure, supportive environment whilst understanding the limitations on these to enable the smooth running of the school for the benefit of the whole community. Our annual visit from the Bromley Life Bus for all classes has a programme related to rights and responsibilities within it, and making healthy choices. The Anti-Bullying Policy, School Learning Attitudes and Behaviour for Learning support this.
The school’s ethos and values coupled with its Christian ethos focuses on the need for mutual respect and kindness towards all. The school’s behaviour policy supports this and it is reinforced on a regular basis in assemblies and the daily life of the academy. Mutual respect is also reinforced by the positive role models and interaction of staff at all levels and visiting members of the community. The school’s weekly PHSE and RE themes emphasise core values and are embedded through Pupils of the Week in each class who are recognised in Acts of Worship. Classroom displays support the themes, as do opportunities for prayer boards and RE displays. Children frequently undertake fundraising for local, national and international charities, both through school-focussed charity events and sometimes under their own initiatives.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The staff has a diverse pupil and staff body. It promotes not only tolerance but acceptance of people from different faiths and beliefs. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience diversity. Assemblies explore other beliefs and prejudices as well as tackling prejudice-based bullying. Other faiths and beliefs are explored through the school’s religious education curriculum. The academy celebrates the language and cultures represented within the diverse pupil body. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.