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Promoting Fundamental British Values

The Department for Education (Dfe) have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

 

In June 2014, the then secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, announced that schools would be required to promote British values from September 2014. Within the Galaxy Trust these values are reinforced regularly through a broad and balanced curriculum across our schools, in ways sympathetic to our curriculum visions.

 

At Oakfield, they underpin every aspect of our teaching and learning.

 

The attached document explains our approach in more detail.

British Value

SMSC expectation

Pupil understanding and knowledge

How we demonstrate this at Oakfield

‘Digging Deeper’ and P4C enquiry based question types we have already explored through our wider curriculum

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

  • I understand what it means to have freedom of choice

Pupil Parliament

Defence Council

Energy Council

Home Council

Education Council

Who do I have the right to be?

 

RULE OF LAW

enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England

  • I understand that the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety

Year 6 KS2 to KS3 transition programme

Visits by local magistrates

Kent Police Open day

Links with Police Community support

Family Liaison office

Behaviour steps

Class code of conduct

Head teacher’s report

‘Restorative justice’

Head boy and Head girl and their deputies

Whose responsibility is it to make things fair?

enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England

  • I understand the separation of power
  • I understand that the police and army are accountable to Parliament
  • I understand that courts maintain independence

Visits by local magistrates

Kent Police Open day

Links with the local borough council

Could the world still exist without laws?

DEMOCRACY

encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

  • I can influence decision-making through a democratic process
  • I understand freedom of choice
  • I understand that the choice to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected by law

Democratic election of council and parliament members

Pupil parliament decision making through fair voting

Q and A sessions on matters of whole school policy raised by and shared with all pupils and staff

How does it feel if you don’t get your choice?

 

TOLERANCE

 

 

 

 

 

MUTUAL

RESPECT

further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures

  • I understand that the choice to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected by law
  • I accept that other people may have different faiths and beliefs to myself
  • I accept that faiths and beliefs different to my own should be tolerated
  • I should not show prejudice or discrimination to other faiths and beliefs
  • I understand the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination

Our RE programme reinforces the message of tolerance and respect for other faiths.

Our fortnightly worship assemblies introduce and explain key moral messages.

Annual choice of class names to reflect social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects and significant role models

Silk River walk attendance

Annual Festival of Light to celebrate Diwali

Do I have to be friends with everyone to be a good citizen?

encourage respect for other people

  • I accept that other people may have different faiths and beliefs to myself
  • I accept that faiths and beliefs different to my own should be tolerated

 

In geography, analysing how different cultures work and live.

Understanding changes to the legal system through British History and comparing and contrasting key elements

Working collaboratively during TASC sessions

Erasmus programme in collaboration with the British Council

Annual trip to Europe to experience alternative cultures

How can I learn to respect someone even if I don’t agree with them?

encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely

  • I understand the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination
  • I understand freedom of choice

 

Pupil Parliament

Defence Council

Energy Council

Home Council

Education Council

Behaviour policy

Celebration assemblies

Do I have to agree with rules in order to keep them?

Within the Galaxy Trust a broad Curriculum is covered.  We follow the International Primary Curriculum and within there are ample opportunities where British Values are taught and addressed.

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