All Schools must promote the fundamental British values of
- Democracy – Justice / Trust / Hope
- The Rule of Law -Koinonia (Fellowship) / Service
- Individual Liberty – Peace / Humility / Endurance
- Tolerance & Respect – Compassion / Forgiveness / Friendship / Thankfulness / Wisdom / Reverence
Our school reflects British Values in all we do. Our School Christian Values link well to British Values.
Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values. So what are ‘British values? There are certain values that have been attributed to being British, by the government and some institutions, and these fall into the broad areas shown above. Our curriculum and wider opportunities are planned to ensure that every child in our school flourishes. We ensure that there are many opportunities for our Christian Values and British Values to be at the heart of everything we do.
How do we specifically promote ‘British Values’ at Gillamoor CE VA Primary School?
At Gillamoor CE VA Primary School we live out British and Christian Values daily in our school life and seek to expand these values into the wider lives of our children and families and wider school community by the way in which we interact with one another, through our policies and practice and the way which we promote good behaviour and positive learning.
This is evident throughout Collective Worship, Religious Education and our curricular activities. We enable visits and visitors to school to enhance experiences and develop deeper knowledge and understanding.
We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services by discussing these whenever appropriate in curriculum work. We teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process and we encourage pupils to become involved in decision making processes linked to the local and national elections and topical issues and ensure they are listened to in school through regular pupil consultation and discussions. Pupils also experience democracy in school through elections to positions of responsibility. We help pupils to express their views through curriculum opportunities.
The Rule of Law
We have a school rules, rooted in our values. These are reviewed with the children annually. We help pupils to distinguish right from wrong during everyday interactions and Collective Worship and we focus on fairness and justice to resolve any conflict as part of our approach to behaviour, engagement and through restorative justice methods. We help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals including the vulnerable in society. We include visits from the Police, Community Police Officers, the Fire Service, NSPCC, Childline and other agencies in our curriculum and community safety work.
We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through every aspect of teaching and learning in school. Pupils take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their wider rights and responsibilities. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture through our ethos and actively challenge stereotypes.
Respect and Tolerance
We promote respect for individual differences and help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life. We challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. We organise visits to diverse places of worship and study 3 other world religions in addition to Christianity.
We develop critical personal thinking skills throughout our curricular work. This includes discussion at an appropriate level on the differences between people, including; faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality, and different family situations.