Promoting British Values at Rickmansworth Park School
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 these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Rickmansworth Park, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is actively promoted across the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council. Pupil questionnaires are used by Subject Leaders to prioritise actions and assess the impact/success of strategies and change. Our councillors are chosen by each class, the children voting for the candidates-two per class across both KS1 and KS2. Where appropriate, the class vote to elect their Star of the Week.
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 and through school assemblies. All pupils are aware of the Golden Rules and these are promoted through assemblies and discussions. Every class uses a similar model to reward positive behaviour. A copy of these rule are displayed in each classroom. 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 Magistrate, Police and Fire Service also help to reinforce this message.
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 safely, through the 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, or how they record, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Children are valued for their differences and there is a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to try new things, develop new skills and refine existing ones. Care is taken to provide equal opportunities for all genders.
There are opportunities for children to take on more responsibilities such as Y5 being school librarians, Y6 and Y5 have KS1 buddies whom they read with. Y6 act as monitors around school too.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our ‘Golden Rules’ and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what these mean and how they are shown. At the start of each year, each class writes their own class rules after discussions. All adults promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. The school has held anti-bullying workshops and during these and other sessions, the children are taught to value differences in others and themselves.
Within the Schools Sports Partnership, all children at Rickmansworth Park School participate in a wide variety of sporting events. This ensures that children experience competitive events and have an opportunity to apply their sportsmanship skills with other schools.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Rickmansworth Park follows the Hertfordshire RE syllabus which ensures that the children learn about the major world religions. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. We celebrate World Day of Languages, linking to languages spoken by our EAL pupils and all pupils learn and have experiences of different faiths. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We have had religious leaders visiting the school to lead assemblies and our assemblies do celebrate the special days of different religions and different beliefs are shared through multi-cultural stories.