Promoting British Values at Churchend School
At Churchend, we recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education begins with our obligations under the 2002 Education Act; the 2011 Children’s Act and 2010 Equalities Act to promote equality and safeguard the welfare of children. Furthermore, we also recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education includes a duty to champion the principles of democracy and challenge prejudice and intolerance by promoting the values set out in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’ and the 2014 DfE consultation.
These values are enshrined in five key principles:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values flow through Churchend, from our ethos and vision, to our policy and practice in the classroom. We expect all those within our school community to live by these principles so that we develop a harmonious and cohesive school community.
We have worked closely with our children to develop a set of standards that we feel enshrine what Churchend stands for and that demonstrates the values that we all strive to live by :
As a community, we believe in an ethos where children of all backgrounds and cultures are welcomed and valued; all children will make the very best progress that they can; leaving us confident to participate and take a lead role in society.
We believe our pupils should demonstrate outstanding behaviour and self-discipline, supported by parents and our partners in the wider community.
Staff have completed Prevent training at Churchend and our Headteacher has been trained to deliver the programme to adults.
At Churchend, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
We have a student council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by other pupils. The council works to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. They meet regularly with the Headteacher and members of the Governing Body. They also meet regularly with the catering manager to discuss lunchtime arrangements and meals.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. These are shared with the Governing Body.
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 Churchend.
Pupils are taught from an early age the values 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.
At Churchend, 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 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 are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Churchend is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.