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Promoting British Values Statement

Parkhead Community Primary School Values and British Values

At Parkhead Community Primary School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we actively promote tolerance, fairness and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.

We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance:

should ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain

The Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values is:

  • Democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

As a school we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. Teachers endeavor to locate and use a range of resources to promote understanding of different faiths.  We have found this approach to be enriching for all the children as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire.

 

At Parkhead, children will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. Listed below are some examples of how we promote British values in our school community:

Children are given responsibility to run their own clubs and lead other children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. For instance, our older children are play leaders and help to promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.

 

In Year 5, pupils undertake an intense topic about World War Two and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire

 

In Year 4, pupils study local ‘heroes’ who have played a huge part in raising the profile of the area.

 

In Year 2, there is a strong focus on the work of Florence Nightingale and how she assisted British soldiers in Scutari so they could convalesce after being injured. Florence Nightingale is seen as a ‘martyr’ by many children in the year group as they find her work and approach to making changes to hospitals both fascinating and inspiring.

 

 

The centenary of the start of WW1 was marked by special topics being delivered in every year group with children from all year groups studying aspects of World War 1.  This culminated in pupils making and ‘planting’ poppies within the school grounds. This then became the focal point of the whole school assembly which was led by Year 6 pupils and incorporated a two minutes silence. As a whole school we have annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute’s silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.

 

As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports kits and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country.

 

The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with a ‘street party’ event held in the playgrounds. Traditional children’s party food were served to all. We also held a ‘Jubilee Fayre for parents and children.

 

On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.

 

 

  Specific themes:

      Democracy:

Democracy is clearly evident within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires and pupil conferences. The elections of School Councillors are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about things that they believe to be important.

At Parkhead Primary School, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.

 

 

      

    

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Ambulance etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in our citizenship curriculum.

    Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, lunch options, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

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. Making the right choices and being responsible for those are important principles at Parkhead Primary School, which are reinforced in every year group.

We encourage children to choose tasks that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. 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:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These ideas are reiterated through the school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Additional support is given to individual children to help develop self – esteem and the concept of respect.

    Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held. We follow the Gateshead Agreed syllabus for RE and use the SEAL materials to enhance PSHE teaching

 

 

 

SMSC

Much of the evidence of our British Values work comes through the SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) curriculum we offer our pupils.

Spiritual

  • Father Tom Glover leads regular assemblies in school.
  • Christmas productions – KS1 and FS nativity/KS2 carol concert held at church.
  • School Choir sang a selection of carols at Winlaton Community Centre and Eldon Square Shopping Centre
  •  Festivals from other cultures are celebrated as part of the curriculum – eg: see Diwali and Chinese New Year celebrations in Nurs/Rec.
  • Assemblies are structured throughout the year to reflect important events/festivals from other cultures.

Moral

  • Harvest festival which raised money and donations for local food bank.
  •  Selling poppies and leading assemblies about Remembrance.
  • High level of curriculum content about Remembrance Day
  • The Fire Brigade led Fire safety sessions with Y1 and Y5/6 pupils.
  • Anti-Bullying Week including E Safety Parents Workshop (see portfolio in school)
  • Fundraising for Children in Need, Comic Relief and Race for Life.

Social

  • Welcome meetings/Meet the Teacher sessions at the start of the year.
  • Spring Term Class Assemblies for parents.
  • Attendance and Celebration assembly is held every Friday to reward children for hard work and effort
  • All school trips are part funded by school enabling all children to participate
  • Fun days which are fully funded by school
  • Halloween, Easter and Christmas discos.
  • Christmas and Summer Fair organised by the Teachers and Parents group.
  • Stay and Play sessions in Foundation Stage.

Cultural

  • Year 4 are all learning to play the guitar
  • All classes participate in class visits