The Department for Education have 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.”
Throughout our school curriculum we promote British values including the equality between genders and tolerance of other faiths. We aim to encourage children to understand the importance of democracy through elections of ‘School Council Members’ within our school. We teach the concept of law by enforcing school rules and discussing acceptable and unacceptable behaviour within the wider society, including during Collective Worships and Celebration Assemblies. Additionally, we look at ‘individual liberty’ through the teaching of PSHCE, RE, and E-safety plus, we offer our children the opportunity to make choices which emphasises the individual liberty component of British values. We are consistently encouraging and promoting mutual respect and tolerance of others - regardless of their background. Our acts of Worship are planned and delivered in order to cover our core values (See our Collective Worship page). These are also promoted through day to day teaching which is further embedded by the atmosphere and ethos lived in school. Overall we pride ourselves on ensuring that these aspects are included in the entirety.
Our school's British Values Policy can be found here: British Values Policy
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
To communicate is the most important area of learning. At school we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. The method of using this ‘voice’ could be using words, objects, photographs, pictures, symbols, touch cues, eye pointing or body language. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
Rule of Law: We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the School community and society at large. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent, safe and happy environment within the school and beyond. We help pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this, in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Individual Liberty: Pupils at our school are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible (part of our ASPIRE values). We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘No’ when appropriate. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself.
We support others by participating in local community events, for example, Comic Relief, Children in Need. We believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
Mutual Respect: We promote each pupil’s inclusion, where possible, in a range of activities, settings and locations. The children have opportunities to engage with pupils of different ages from different schools set within different contexts. Further events are planned where pupils can go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations, which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other Schools. For example, the children perform to the elderly in residential care homes and have had visits to other schools.
We believe it is important to facilitate opportunities for school to take an active role in our community as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs: At Bolsover Church of England Junior School each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others.
Our Assemblies and acts of worship help all pupils to find out about themselves and others, linking their lives to the communities in which they belong.
Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum theme.
School takes part in local sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’.
The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils at Bolsover Church of England Junior School are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.