In November 2014, the Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. At Parkland Infant School we promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect & tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The sections below describe the understanding and knowledge expected of our pupils as a result of promoting fundamental British values:
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Parkland Infant School. Democracy is central to how we operate.
An example of this is our Pupil Council. The election of the Pupil Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. Pupils put themselves forward and members of the class consider and vote for who will represent whole class views most appropriately. There are two representatives from each class and the Pupil Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised. For example, safety around the school, spending of charity funds and questions for teacher interviews. We also have a Parent Council who meet every term to discuss their views and present The Parent Voice.
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinion and voice heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.
Rules and Laws
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. Throughout the school year, each class discusses our Rainbow Rules and the importance of them. These rules are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Pupils are taught that, while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in Britain are subject to its law. They 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. These values are reinforced in different ways during:
- Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service;
- Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about and the difference between religious and state law is explained;
- Other school subjects where there is respect and appreciation for different rules - in a PE lesson, on school trips, etc.
Our core values are ASPIRATIONS, CURIOSITY & CREATIVITY and alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and education, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely. For example:
- Choices about the learning challenge or activity;
- Choices about how they record their learning;
- Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities;
- Celebrating United Nations Events and national events such as Remembrance Day;
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PSHCE lessons. We are also a Rights Respecting School.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths & Beliefs
At Parkland Infant School we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Mutual respect is a big part of our Aims and Values and we have very strong links with the local church, Spinnaker and the Chinese Community.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, whether it is a school resource, a religious belief or anything else. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with tolerance and respect. We also strongly promote respect for the animals that we care for at school and this forms a big part of the children's education.