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British Values

Birchen Coppice Primary school

Promoting British Values

At Birchen Coppice Primary School we aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.  

The Department for Education states that there is a need 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.” (2011 Prevent Strategy)

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Birchen Coppice Primary School. Democracy processes are used to elect the School Government, Head Boy and Girl and the ‘Classmate of the Week’. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The principles of democracy are explored through the curriculum and assemblies. We believe that we all share the responsibility to use our voice and influence for the wellbeing of others.

 

 The rule of law

We reinforce the importance of laws whether they are those that govern our school, community or the country. Children are taught the rules and expectations of the school. They are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. 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 and PSHE lessons.

Pupils are given the freedom to make choices whether it is through the choice of learning challenge, how they record their work or participation in extra-curricular clubs.

 

 Mutual Respect 

Respect is a key value of Birchen Coppice Primary School. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. We develop mutual respect through pupil voice where pupils are able to express their views in a safe environment.

We encourage all members of the school community to treat each other with respect and this is especially reiterated through the curriculum, assemblies and PSHE activities.

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Birchen Coppice Primary school is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, we therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

 At Birchen Coppice we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.