Promoting British Values at SCPS
Democratic values underpin the ethos of the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Spring Cottage Primary School’s School Council, Enterprise Council, pupil questionnaires and via the listening culture where all adults listen to children and value their views. Our school Behaviour Policy includes rewards such as Oak leaves and team points, where all children and staff contribute to a whole school reward system.
Children elected to be on the School Council represent the views of their classmates on various issues. The Council then decides on issues that they would like to pursue through voting and adopting the issues which attract the majority vote. The elections of School Councillors are based solely on pupil votes. Pupils’ views are sought on a range of issues, for example the pupils suggest and vote on activities, resources and equipment to be offered during the lunch break and menus at lunch times. Children at the start of each year also democratically agree class rules; their ideas and opinions are sought by teacher’s regarding children’s interests and themes to be included in the curriculum.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils 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. The rules of our school are underpinned by the spirit of our school ethos: ‘Grow together, Learn Together – Make the Most of Every Day.’
The children follow Spring Cottage Primary School “Golden rules” and have devised their own class rules which link in with the school Behaviour Policy and positive reward system. These are a set of guidelines for the class to follow and all classrooms display them.
Curriculum enrichment visits from authorities such as Police and Fire Service help to reinforce messages around the rule of law.
At Spring Cottage Primary School pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Positive choices are rewarded with “team points” and through Oak Leaf certificates, Friendship Awards and Healthy Lunch Awards.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices, through both provisions of a safe environment and by providing an empowering education. Our outside areas offer, for example, many opportunities for the children to develop the ability to make safe choices within their environment. These opportunities also exist in our range of after school clubs and at lunch and break time.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE/SEAL and SMSC circle times. Whether it is through choice of challenge, how they record their learning, or participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are consistently given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Our school ethos and Behaviour Policy incorporate the value of respect, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is demonstrated at Spring Cottage Primary School. Tolerance is promoted through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Local clergymen and women regularly lead assemblies or attend special RE days; and the main religions are taught during RE lessons so that children can gain an understanding of each faith. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and why their faith is important to them.
Our school rules and aims promote respect and tolerance for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our Behaviour Policy. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. In school, our library contains a range of books that reflect the diverse voices present in our society as well as tales from other cultures; which the children can access at any time. Enhancement of pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and opportunities to experience some of these differences, has been celebrated through our RE, Creative arts and cultural days and visits to places of worship, as we actively engage in promoting an inclusive culture. We participate in many charitable events such as Harvest Festival for the homeless and food banks, Cancer and Alzheimer research, Children in Need, Sports Aid and Red Nose Day.
Collective Worship, assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and different forms of bullying have been followed and supported by dedicated topics and learning in RE and PSHE/SEAL.
Teaching and Learning takes place in the following ways:
- By teachers explaining the meaning of the value.
- By pupils reflecting on the value and what it means to them and their own behaviour.
- Through the recognition of children displaying the value through their work and behaviour.
- By pupils using the value to guide their own actions.
- By staff modelling the value through their own behaviour.
- By ensuring that values are taught implicitly through every aspect of the curriculum.
- Through the work of the School Council.
- By involving all staff, governors and parents in the values programme, through newsletters which explain how school and home can work together to promote positive values
Our British Values Education Policy can be dowloaded here: