British Values

Promoting British Values

The issues of radicalisation and extremism have become significant concerns in our country in recent times and schools are a key focus in addressing this.  The Government expects all schools and academies to actively promote the Prevent Duty (see below) and to ensure that all our children know and embrace ‘fundamental British values’. Ofsted say that these fundamental British values are:

  • democracy.
  • the rule of law.
  • individual liberty.
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths, beliefs and those of no faith.

As a church school we believe that the Christian understanding of compassion, acceptance of all, obedience and service are fully in line with these values. As such, we believe that they have been part of life in our school for many years – we wish to continue the good work that has been done in the past and build on it as we would in all areas of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education); SMSC (Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural) and safeguarding. A large amount of the discussion on British Values has centred around issues of nationality, religion and culture. At Geddington we recognise their importance but also wish our children to value diversity in all its forms including sexuality, disability, gender and age.

British Values in EYFS/Reception: Right from the start of their time in school, children are taught about the importance of respecting each other, sharing, making choices, rules and accepting the consequences of their behaviour. Some of the ways we promote this include:

  • Rules and routines – clear rules and expectations for the different parts of a day in school and discussion about what these rules are and why we have them.
  • Snack time – where we develop social skills by serving each other, helping each other and allowing people to make choices.
  • Show and Tell – where we learn to listen and appreciate the things that others enjoy and find important.
  • Activity choices – part of the EYFS curriculum is to allow children some choice in the activities they do with the expectation that they cooperate with others and be considerate in the way they play.
  • Group choices – sometimes we make decisions together and these opportunities are used to introduce the children to the concept of voting and accepting the choice of the majority.
  • Range of resources – we are carefully building up our range of resources so that they increasingly reflect the differing cultures within the UK. This includes the range of stories that children hear and experience.
  • Special events and celebrations that link to events in and out of school.

British Values In KS1 and KS2: The principles introduced in Reception are continued and developed as children get older. In KS2 we expect children to gain a more detailed knowledge of some of the specific issues that lay behind these values.

  • At least one topic in each year focuses on another part of the world so that children learn to appreciate and value the diversity that exists across the world and within our country. As an Eco-school we also consider how we have a mutual responsibility to each other in the ways we look after the environment.
  • Debates and discussions are part of most topics and often feature within English as well where children often have to write from different viewpoint.
  • In PSHE children are regularly introduced to different aspects of the rule of law, particularly those to do with smoking, alcohol, drugs and the age of consent. Children are also introduced to some of the rules of the road.
  • PSHE is also the place where children consider how we relate to one another, how our actions impact on others and how to resist peer pressure.
  • E-safety is an integral part of our computing curriculum. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online and to watch out for those things that might cause offence or draw them, or others, into inappropriate behaviour.
  • The School Council and The Eco-committee are made up of elected representatives giving children an introduction to the democratic process. Children learn of the origins of democracy in Ancient Greece.
  • The school’s Golden Rules are discussed and agreed through the School Council.
  • Children learn about other faiths through RE. The school follows the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus and children are encouraged to adopt a respectful, enquiry based approach to their learning. A series of visits to places of worship are being planned and visitors from different faith groups are invited into school when appropriate.
  • Assemblies are planned into weekly themes which recognise major celebrations, national events and relationship/behavioural themes. Stories from different faiths are used alongside Christian stories and stories that have no faith background. Where appropriate, assemblies are increasingly used to reflect on major news events.
  • The school takes an active role on different charitable events and have raised large amounts of money for different organisations.
  • The school subscribes to First News, My Weekly and Espresso all of which provide child appropriate comment on current affairs. These are used across KS2 and KS1.
  • We also look to use one off events to promote British Values – local magistrates visit Year 6 to explain their role and to conduct a mock trial on cyber bullying.

The school also takes advantage of the ad hoc opportunities that come up to promote British values. This can be through specific events, times when we are addressing behaviour, the celebration of high quality work and many other ways.

Radicalisation – refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism. (The Prevent Duty: Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers – DfE- June 2015)

Extremism –  vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas. Terrorist groups very often draw on extremist ideas developed by extremist organisations.(The Prevent Duty: Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers – DfE- June 2015)

The Prevent Duty – the legal duty on all public bodies to protect children and vulnerable adults from becoming drawn into radicalisation or extremism. This ranges from far right movements of a white supremacist nature through to Islamic State and alike.