Parish British Values Statement
Parish C of E Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally influence them whether that be by deliberate act or their own background.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Parish School is dedicated to preparing students for the next stage of their education and adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
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.
Processes of democracy are taught through action; 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 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
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.
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. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and how to do so safely through continued reinforcement of, for example, e-safety and circle time. The school council has the capacity to recommend ideas, for example the recent redecoration of the outside toilets and some internal redecorations, and will have a representative on the working party for our new – build. 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.
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
Parish follows the Bromley SACRE syllabus which includes programmes of study involving all faiths. Regular visits, and visitors including Jewish, Sikh and Muslim parents support the children’s learning. Our annual R.E week celebrates the Christian Easter story; elements of celebrations, festivals of Light etc across other faiths are also marked.
Parish curriculum enables learning to undertake an international dimension. An example of this is the Year 6 WW2 project which looks at the issue from the point of view of a child, and provides practical activities to enable the children to empathise with evacuees, both from a British and European perspective. The holocaust is also studied within this unit.