Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values at Franche Community Primary School

The Department for Education have said they want to “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.”

 

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have since been strengthened.

 

At Franche Community Primary School we celebrate these values regularly in a range of ways:

Democracy

 

Our pupils are encouraged to air views, debate issues and have a clear voice.

 

We have a thriving school council for pupils from Year 1 to Year 6, ensuring the voice of the school population is heard at the highest levels.

 

The council meets regularly – usually every fortnight – to discuss issues raised in class meetings and through the individual year band’s suggestion boxes.

 

The council is about to receive its first budget and is able to introduce change.

 

Children stand for election to the council every year and are chosen through a secret ballot – always an exciting and thought provoking time in school, where pupils report to staff that they vote not for their best friend necessarily, but for the person they genuinely believe will represent them the most successfully.

 

Through our curriculum children are taught about, and encouraged to respect, public institutions and services.

 

We regularly survey our pupils to seek their views on a range of issues, most recently in connection with their happiness and sense of security at school.

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The Rule of Law

 

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Franche.

 

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. 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.

 

Pupils learn that breaking the laws of the class or the school has negative consequences, for example, break or lunchtime detentions. They also learn that following rules and behaving well and with respect for others is rewarded through our reward tickets and weekly prizes.

 

We have regular visits from our local police officers, who have an office on our site, along with visits from the fire and ambulance services. All help to reinforce these messages.

Individual Liberty

 

At Franche, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.

 

As a school we provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 work and classroom discussions.

 

Franche has a robust anti bullying culture and clear behaviour policies in place.

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Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

 

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

 

Franche provides opportunities for the children to visit places of significant cultural interest and places of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.

 

Franche is currently considering an application to become a UNICEF school.

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