OUR PROMOTION OF BRITISH VALUES IN SCHOOL
In line with the 2011 Prevent Strategy and the Equalities Act, Schools are expected to focus on, and be able to show, how our work with pupils is effective in embedding fundamental British values.
PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT WEST LEA SCHOOL
We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At West Lea School students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. The curriculum is mapped in detail across the whole school. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our school community:
We champion pupil voice at West Lea. Our school council, elected by class peers, plays a strong role in our school, helping to make the school a better place to learn. Pupils have input into what and how they learn, which promotes pupil voice. For example, the pupils decide as a class how they would like to learn certain skills in subjects and this is used to inform the teacher’s planning.
Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
THE RULE OF LAW
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. We allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We give children more freedom to determine their own learning and encourage them to choose tasks that will challenge them.
We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our e-safety, philosophy for learning and curriculum, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At West Lea we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school ethos. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the school and in the classrooms.
TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
At West Lea we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.