The Department of Education introduced a
statutory duty in September 2014 for schools to promote British Values more
actively and to ensure they are taught in our schools.
five key British Values: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and
tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are embedded in our school vision
statement and are encompassed in our twelve Christian school values. We encourage our children to develop their
understanding of these values in order that they become responsible citizens
both within school and beyond.
Throughout their time at Forncett CE VA Primary
School there will be many occasions where children will have the opportunity to
be involved in the democratic process, for example through voting and having
their voices heard. We understand that
the children's opinions about their school are valid and need to be a key part
of our decision-making.
All staff model the value of democracy through
asking questions and inviting children's answers and opinions, whether it is in
lessons, during assemblies, at lunchtime or on the playground. As soon as the children start school in
Reception they are encouraged to develop their decision making skills, learn to
make informed choices and take responsibility for them. Our School Council has members democratically
elected annually from each year group by children only and has regular meetings
to represent the views of their classmates.
Our school’s behaviour policy makes it clear
that children are expected to co-operate and take into account the views of
The rule of law
We consistently reinforce our high expectations
of our children and they are taught the value and reasons behind those
expectations. They recognise that whilst we have rules at school, other rules
and laws exist in the country for the same reasons i.e that they are there to
protect us, that everyone has to take responsibility for their own actions and
that there are consequences when rules are broken.
At the beginning of each academic year each
class agrees a set of rules with their peers and the teacher. These are then
displayed in the class and referred to as necessary. In addition, the whole school rights and
responsibilities are revisited and explained.
Our programme for Collective Worship ensures
that our twelve core Christian values, including respect and responsibility,
are understood by all pupils.
The school rewards good behaviour in a number
of ways, including the presentation of good choice tickets, teacher and
heateacher ‘special person’ awards and the weekly ‘perseverance’ award.
Our PSHE / SMSC curriculum includes units on
the importance of the rule of law and participation in curriculum subjects such
as P.E. helps children to appreciate the need for rules in everyday activities
Visits from services
such as the road safety (cycling proficiency) and the police and visits to
events such as The Crucial Crew, also help us to reinforce key messages.
By signing the Home School Agreement all
parents and carers, children and teachers, show their commitment to upholding
our school rules.
We have a clearly structured Behaviour Policy
which everyone is expected to follow. Children are helped to learn to manage
their own behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. We help children
to understand the connection between actions and consequences.
Within school, children are actively encouraged
to make choices. Through our provision of a safe environment and empowering
teaching, children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights
and personal freedoms. Whether it is through their choice of learning
challenges, how to record their work, choosing which extra-curricular
activities to participate in or what to eat at lunchtime, our children are
given the freedom to make many choices. Our curriculum also provides
opportunities for children to be taught how to make safe choices e.g. through
e-safety lessons, PSHE/Circle Time activities
As a Church of England school, respect is at
the heart of our ethos and values. Children learn that their behaviour has an
effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of our school
community are encouraged to have respect for themselves and for others. School
events give pupils the opportunity to meet with a variety of people in
different situations, for example sports fixtures, trips and residential visits
and inviting visitors into school.
We support others by fundraising for a variety
of charities including Children in Need, Sport Relief, Foodbank collections at
Harvest, sugar collections at Christmas and the Children’s Society’s
Our curriculum, including our R.E. and M.F.L.
schemes of work, provide opportunities for our pupils to develop respect for
other people of different faiths and cultures. Special days, such as our
European Languages Day and Continental Breakfast Café family event, give
parents, carers and children the opportunity to share and celebrate their
Tolerance of those of different faiths and
Our curriculum, including our R.E. scheme of
work, provides a broad and balanced education about a range of faiths and
cultures. This includes providing pupils with an understanding of key
celebrations and holy days, for example Diwali and Chinese New Year. The
teaching of our core Christian values instils the need for all pupils to
respect everyone regardless of their faith, beliefs and culture. The school’s key underlying value is that we
should…love our neighbour as we love ourselves through treating other people as
we would like to be treated.
School staff work hard to ensure that any cases
of bullying and racism are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is
a key part of the school’s work to promote anti-bullying, for example during
a school we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing
opinions contrary to these fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’