Promoting British Values
British Values at Kingsley Community School
In June 2014, the Prime Minister emphasized the important role that British values can play in education. How well a school promotes such values became an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views. Schools are subject to a duty (Section 26, Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
Kingsley Community school is in an area which is culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. The values of Mutual Respect and understanding, Democracy ,The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty are at the heart of what we do:
- We always try to give everyone a fair chance
- We always try to treat each with respect
- We always try to be the best we can
- We always try to work together, helping each other are our core values.
Our children know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource, a religious belief. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others .Our children 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 opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages sense of both personal and social responsibility.
We are committed to promoting gender equality. We fully endorse UNESCOs view that’…girls’ education is essential to the achievement of quality learning to the 21st century…’
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. At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets its own Class Rules, a set of principles that 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.
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, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely; Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely.
AUDIT OF PROVISION: SEPTEMBER 2017
|Value||How We Promote It||Impact||Further Development|
|Respect is at the heart of our school ethos.
We have high expectations of Children’s conduct. And this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy which the elected 2016-2017 School Council helped to develop.
The PSHE theme of ‘Getting on and Falling out’ support teaching about relationships.
Mentors and the councillor support children who need individual support.
Children are encouraged to develop a spirit of volunteering :
There is a rota of lunch time helpers who collect and scrape plates at lunchtime
‘Peer Tutors’ who support classmates in a variety of curriculum areas.
Older children who become ‘reading buddies’ for younger pupils.
Maths ambassador play a vital role in championing maths throughout the school
Eco-club/committee who monitor the schools progress in all areas of environmental development.
Office helpers who collect and deliver registers
Children regularly act as ‘peer tutors’ within their class
|Our children are polite, friendly and welcoming, they show an understanding of different needs.
Children are regularly complimented on their behaviour by visitors to school and members of the general public when they are on school trips and visits.
Our children regularly volunteer for specific jobs and tasks in school, we have children who give out registers, who help to keep the outdoor library tidy and a queue of children ready to volunteer collecting crockery and cutlery and scrapping plates at lunch.
Children are always willing to help and support each other
|Rolling programme of focused days/week on covering Language : Racist/homophobic etc
To develop a more systematic approach to volunteering for school jobs and tasks available.
Begin to introduce a system of playground leaders and helpers.
Introduce and train Children librarians.
|We have an elected school Council
This is an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy in action and the election process . Candidates make speeches and design posters which consider the characteristics needed to be an effective school councillor. Children vote in a secret ballot
Councillors discuss important school issues. 2016-17 saw them involved in the development of the school behaviour policy.
The council are actively involved in recruitment and recently interviewed candidates for the post of Deputy Head teacher.
The council meet with the Governing body and report to them on a regular basis
The council support various teacher in conducting surveys about school life.
School Councillors are part of the Liverpool School’s Parliament.
Children are always listened to and are to taught to listen carefully and respectfully
Democracy is promoted through PHSE/circle time and assemblies and specific curriculum areas such as Y6 unit on the legacy of ancient Greece
|Our School Council is effective in promoting the views of their class to the whole of the school community.
Our children work co-operatively in order to achieve a common goal.
Our children know that their opinions are valued.
Our children understand the importance of having their say and understand that everyone has the right to their opinion
|Develop the use of ‘link’ SC’s for phase1 and 2
‘Surgery meetings ‘ with School councillors in order to discuss relevant issues for younger Children
Create links with another School Council with a diverse demographic.
|Rule of law
|We have high expectation of children’s behaviour and conduct.
School rules are reintroduced each year and rewards and consequences are clearly understood.
Rules governing particular faiths are thought about in RE lessons as are the importance of different rules in sports and games
There are ‘ I’ve been spotted’ slips for good behaviour and then those slips are entered into a weekly draw.
|Children understand and can explain
School rules and the importance of following them. That they are essential for wellbeing and safety.
The children are also aware of what is expected of them and the consequences when they do the wrong thing.
The children can distinguish between right and wrong.
|Ensure that the behavioural structure is aligned with the new leadership structure.
Continue to improve learning behaviour.
Identify and tackle area of concern i.e improving playground behaviour at lunchtimes (link with playground leaders and helpers)
|Through SEAL and PHSE children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.
Black History week projects consider the achievements of significant individuals.
All teachers encourage children to be independent within their learning, thinking for themselves and making choices and challenging themselves.
The schools offers after school clubs in art, sport and music in order for children to follow particular interests.
The school Council make choices in consultation with their classes (e. which new playground equipment to purchase).
Achievements are celebrated through assemblies, in class and via the school’s newsletter.
The children learn how to keep themselves safe in different situations including the use of the internet (e-Safety).
|Children know how to keep themselves safe and who they can talk to if they feel unsafe.||
Develop a range of after school clubs
|Understanding of and Resect for Different Faiths and Beliefs
|Our inclusive school provides great opportunities to work and socialises with children and adults from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
We have high expectations of conduct for all.
Black History week is regular themed school week.
Our large Muslim community is well catered for with : Washing facilities are provided close to the prayer room which is accessible by all and is used on a daily basis.
The kitchen is Halal.
Friday Muslim prayers are catered for with a dedicated assembly.
An understanding of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through Liverpool Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Children take park in assembles which mark significant religious festivals.
There is important Eid and Christmas celebrations.
The English and art curriculum especially raise awareness and appreciation of other cultures
|Our children are able to talk about different faith and cultures.
They are able to explain how the school community supports their particular faith.
Children enjoy taking part in all the celebrations connected to the different faiths.
Children are keen to take part in discussions and debates surrounding important questions.
|Restructure assemblies and collective worship.
Raise the profile of collective worship and RE throughout the school.