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Promoting British Values
Election 2015

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The 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.

 

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and the key elements are highlighted below.  Many of these such as respect, tolerance and individual liberty are already explicitly referenced in our school values and at Soho Parish we regularly reinforce them in the following ways:

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Democracy

Democracy is an important part of our culture within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council as well as regular Pupil questionnaires. In addition, pupils get to nominate and vote on weekly class behaviour awards.

 

In 2015 we ran school-wide Elections, with 4 candidates from Y6 (representing the Progress, Tomorrow, Transform & Vision parties) contesting the vote. After a week of canvassing, manifesto-writing and a very lively hustings, everyone in school got to vote, with a 97% turnout.

 

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. Children learn about our 8 school rules through school assemblies as well as in class and through our Soho Parish Rules Song; following the rules is encouraged through the awarding of house points and behaviour awards which always reference a rule.

 

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 Fire Service, nurses etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.  Specific curriculum topics further explore the importance of this value, for example this year our Year 6s undertook the study of the Magna Carta to celebrate its 800th anniversary.

 

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 safety, 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 be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect

One of our school values is ‘Respect’ and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our school rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

 

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 have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE as well as an Anti-Bullying week in October.

International EveningWe also celebrate diversity throughout our curriculum in various ways. We invite parents in to class to showcase their own culture (for example taking a Spanish lesson or playing Cuban music), participating in various religious celebrations such as Hannukah, Easter and Chinese New Year with community partners, and celebrating our families’ multi-ethnic backgrounds through our International Evening.  In recognition of some of our significant language minorities, we offer a Chinese-language newsletter as well as English, Bengali and Chinese-language coffee mornings.

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