Here at North Frodingham Primary School, we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools' advice from the Dfe (November 2014) says that schools 'have a duty to ‘actively 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. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.'
At North Frodingham Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded at all levels within the school. Committees are elected each year for School Council and Eco-Committees. Children are encouraged to volunteer to stand on the Fairtrade committee and work as Playleaders during the lunchtime break. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School and Class Councils and regular Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains are solely based on pupil votes. The allocation of house points linked to core values each term can be given by both adults and children. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have decided upon.
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. Each class has its own class charter and class rules which run alongside the school rules, vision and motto. 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 Police; Fire Service; Buswise etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help 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 safety, through 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, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect for and tolerance for those with different faith and beliefs and for those without faith
Our school ethos and behaviour policies are based on core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Class charters and rules promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our behaviour policy. By enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity through class assemblies and discussions involving prejudices are supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school is proud of its ‘Fair-trade’ aware award which recognises its commitment to supporting and improving the lives of others. All children in school actively become involved supporting a variety of charities throughout the school year. For example, Children in Need, Sports/Comic Relief and Young Minds