‘British Values’ are human values here at our school!
‘British Values’ is a phrase used by the British government to describe a set of defined qualities that essentially define the care for and valuing of each other in a modern society. They are defined by the Department for Education as:
“democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs” DfE 2014
At Beddington Park Primary School, we absolutely support, demonstrate and exceed these values. Rather than simply to ‘tolerate’, we actively celebrate the multi-cultural, multi-faith and evolving nature of British Society. We nurture our children on the journey through primary school life, so that they can grow into safe, caring, fair-minded, democratic, responsible and confident adults who make a positive and inclusive contribution to British society and the wider world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, who are respectful of themselves and others.
Our total commitment to equality of opportunity guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group. Full regard and respect will be afforded to all ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality, financial status, moderate political opinion and all other expressions and manifestations of peaceful individuality. We are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond simply the formal examined curriculum. We want them to hold those values described as ‘British’ dear to their hearts.
Our ‘Communitree’! With its Union Jack trunk and multi-coloured branches, the Communitree celebrates our shared values and friendly community! Here, parents and children of all cultural origins share food from around the world whilst populating our Communitree with fruits from many countries! Look out for the fully adorned Communitree on any visit into our school!
British Values are a cornerstone of our curriculum. They are celebrated across all subjects and topics, and are supported by a very strong level of social, spiritual, emotional and cultural development (SMSC). Further details about how we embed the teaching of SMSC at Beddington Park Primary School can be found by clicking here. Our SMSC provision is overseen by our Inclusion Manager.
We are similarly committed to supporting and embodying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We teach our children about this crucial document across lessons and in assemblies. The school is also working towards accreditation with the <a href=”http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/”>Rights Respecting Schools Award</a>. All activities within our Rights Respecting Schools framework are led and co-ordinated by our Jeffers class teacher, Miss Clarkson.
All curriculum areas provide a potential vehicle for furthering the understanding of British Values. The government Prevent Strategy (2011) simplifies British Values by listing them as follows:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of how they apply to their own lives.
We hold regular assemblies in which we focus on a specific British Value or an aspect closely relating to it.
The values and topics discussed and considered in assemblies over the Autumn term 2015 are:
- Respect for disability
- E-Safety (developing an awareness of the impact of cyber-bullying)
- The origins and purpose of British democracy
How laws are made in British society and why we have laws at all.
Ultimately, all of our work within British Values is embodied within our whole school motto. This motto was written by our children in 2008, and has remained at the core of everything we do and everything we achieve since that time. All of our child own and celebrate their motto, which simply reads;
“Learning, sharing and growing together as friends”.
Comments From Our Community…
My child is making excellent progress. Very happy with ethos of school. Very dedicated staff – excellent leadership team.
Very happy with my son’s development at the school. Great staff, lovely school with a lovely atmosphere.
Best decision I made.
Very pleased with my son’s progression in his speech, as this was my biggest concern coming into a new school.
He loves coming in each day.