Promoting British Values at Good Shepherd
The Dfe have reinforced the 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.”
Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to undamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Good Shepherd these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Pupils vote annually to choose 2 members of their class who will represent them on our School Council. School Council representatives consult the pupils on a range of issues. Pupils also have the opportunity to apply for other roles in school, such as the Year 5 Chaplaincy team, safety committee and Sports leaders, through a formal application process.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Good Shepherd.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, 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, Community PCO’s, Fire Service and Local Magistrates help reinforce this message.
At Good Shepherd, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young people 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 safety and PSHE themes.
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 community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Each year also has a multi faith focus:
- Reception – Judaism
- Years 1 and 2 – Sikhism
- Years 3 and 4 – Hinduism
- Year 5 – Islam
- Year 6 – Buddhism
As a school we also provide a range of activities across the year as a whole school to promote British Values.
- Remembrance Day commemorations (November)
- World Faith Day (January)
- Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday – Tea Party (June)