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Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School
Promoting British Values
 
In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

 

UN CRC Article 12:  Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

  • We have an elected School Council and Mini-Vinnie committee;
  • The children agree on a class charity to support;
  • These are used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process;
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school.  This includes things like the sportleaders, litter pickers, monitors and also raising money for local and national charities, including designated class charities;
  •   The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation, including work on law and democracy;
  • Democracy is also promoted through morning prayers;
  • Teaching about the changing power of the monarchy in KS2;
  • Class 5’s democratic decisions on which charities to donate their Apprentice Challenge fundraising to;
  • Children vote for the end of year sportsman/sportswoman of the year awards;
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

The rule of law

UN CRC Article 19:  Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring  behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through class awards such as ‘Star of the Day/Week’ , raffles and ‘Pupil of the Week’ awards;
  • Whole school initiatives such as team points, headteacher awards, golden table and Marvellous Me;
  • Through our morning prayers, circle time and work with the school learning mentor, children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult;
  • Different styles of law are investigated and taught through the Learning Challenge Question: Would you prefer to be ruled by the Vikings or Anglo-Saxons?
  • The local PCSO visits the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society;
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others;
  • The origins of law are taught through the Learning Challenge Question:

Who were the early lawmakers?’

Individual liberty

UN CRC Article 31:  All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

UN CRC Article 15:  Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others;
  • Through our school aims and ethos, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc;
  • Self-esteem and confidence are taught through Positive Psychology Week;
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies, crucial crew and outside organisations such as the NSPCC and childline;
  • Children in KS2 learn about  The Slave Trade and the importance of individual liberty;
 

Mutual respect

 

UN CRC Article 2:  The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

UN CRC Article 30:  Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy; 
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others;
  • Through our school’s values, SEAL scheme, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences;
  • Positive Psychology Week – children are taught strategies to help form, maintain and strengthen relationships;
  • Class Charter/rules;
  • Prefects and sportleaders/sport captains provide positive role models for others;
  • Importance of sportsmanship and fair play encouraged through sporting activities;
  • Mutual respect is also promoted as a theme in morning prayers;
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others;

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

UN CRC Article 14:  Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy;
  • Other faiths plan  -  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning is displayed in the classrooms or around the school;
  • International/European Day – Children learn about other cultures and countries;
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship;
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.