Promoting British Values at Pinewood Infant School
The Department for Education states that “schools should 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.”
At Pinewood Infant School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members are based on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has clear Golden rules and a code of conduct which are deeply embedded in our work every day. These are reinforced through carefully planned assemblies and lessons. Each class discusses and sets its own class charter as part of our PHSE curriculum ‘Jigsaw’. The class charters are clearly understood by all and are necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Through PHSE, our 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.
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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, how they record their learning or participation in our extra- curricular activities, our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is embedded through our PSHE curriculum and Collective Worship programme. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. Respect forms part of the school’s Vision and aims and underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs:
Pinewood Infant School enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies, our PSHE curriculum and Collective Worship programme. We welcome visitors to enrich and extend the children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.