Promoting British Values
Fundamental British Values
All schools are required to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. As part of this requirement, we are expected to actively promote fundamental British values.
The government defines these as:
Democracy: An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through democratic processes such as voting and petitioning.
At Barwell Infant School we have a School Council elected by their peers. The council regularly meet with Miss Moreton and Mrs Russell to raise and discuss issues that affect them. As well as leading many charity fund raising events, the council has its own budget and seeks the views of their peers about how to spend it. All children are also given frequent opportunities to express their views and vote on issues which directly affect their class or year group.
The Rule of Law: An understanding that laws are there to protect individuals, and are essential for their safety and well-being.
During their time with us, our children develop an understanding that there are rules which govern our behaviour and keep us safe. Topics such as "People who help us", along with regular visits from local police officers, help our children to appreciate that the Police are there to help us. Our school rules are displayed in every classroom and are regularly referred to and discussed with the children. The ethos of our school ensures that these rules are fairly applied to all children, and this consistency helps our children to accept and follow them in order to "Best the best that we can be".
Individual Liberty: The freedom of individuals to exercise their rights which are outside of government control; including freedom from prejudice and discrimination.
At Barwell Infant School the children are actively encouraged to consider their options and make their own choices; secure in the knowledge that they are in a safe, supportive environment. Through SMSC lessons and activities, the children learn that there are often 'good' and 'bad' choices, and that their choices ususally have consequences (positive or negative). Subjects such as SEAL also help the children to develop an understanding of how their choices can affect other people, and E-Safety and "Stranger Danger" lessons teach our children how to become more independent in making safe choices.
Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs: An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold a faith or belief is protected by law; and that the faiths and beliefs of others should be accepted and tolerated.
At Barwell Infant School, respecting one another is at the heart of our ethos. All members of the school are treated with respect and the school rules reinforce our belief in, and commitment to, equality. SMSC work and our "Bigger than Barwell" focus also enables the children to find out more about (and start to develop an understanding and tolerance of) people outside of our immediate locality who may be different to us.
All of our children are taught that people within our community hold different beliefs and faiths (including the choice not to hold a faith). Assemblies are used to share stories and events and celebrate festivals from a wide range of faiths and cultures. RE lessons also enable children in each year group to learn about different religions and cultures in greater depth (often through a 'hands-on' approach which encourages the children to recognise and celebrate both similarities and differences).
The Prevent Strategy:
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extreme causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism.
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means that we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way that we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for our children to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves.