Promoting British Values at The Federation of Bedenham and Holbrook Primary Schools
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 rules of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”. These values run throughout the Federation both in our policies and what we do day to day. They are also explicitly present in our PHSE lessons and are discussed regularly.
At the Federation, these values are reinforced in the following ways:
Each class has their own class charter (please see section classes to see individual class charters)
Each year the children in each class work collaboratively to decide a set of expectations in the form of a ‘Class Charter’. These are written and signed by the children and displayed in class.
House Captains are appointed by the children and each child and member of staff are allocated to one of our houses, Attenborough, Backshall, Humble and Packham. Motivating their team is central to the role of a House Captain.
We have Young Governors who campaign and then are elected by their class. These children meet regularly with staff and governors to express the views of all of the children. These views have led to triumphs such as raising funds for our buddy benches. Our children are given the opportunity to discuss the content of the curriculum in order to ensure they are fully engaged and feel an important part of our learning.
The Rule of Law
Pupils are taught from their first day about what is expected of them as pupils in the school through our vision and values and the Behaviour for Learning policy. The children shape the roles and responsibilities they have around the school and apply for positions of responsibility in the school ranging from road safety, librarian, e-safety, Makaton ambassadors, gardening, young interpreters and sports and classroom monitors. We also have a club for our service children. Our learning values are discussed and run through the curriculum and they are our expectations of everyone in the school community. Visits from community groups help to reinforce this message.
We children are encouraged to make choices and take risks in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to persevere and be resilient with their attitude towards learning. We help children assess risk, for example writing a risk assessment for the school grounds, and involve them in making decisions about school trips. Children are taught how to keep safe when using the internet during lessons and with events such as E-Safety day where we explored what E-Safety means to us.