The DfE has 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.”
At Warren Mead Infant School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy underpins the values of the school. All children are treated fairly and have an equal right to express their views and be listened to. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Members of the School Council are elected democratically by their classmates in a ballot which introduces them to the principal of democratic elections.
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. Pupils are taught the reasons behind school rules, taught the importance of observing those rules and what the consequences will be should they forget to follow any of the rules.
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 provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety Policy and PSHE lessons.
All staff are committed to supporting children in developing the language needed to express their views, emotions and feelings so that children are able to negotiate with their peers and resolve any disagreements peacefully. Our children thoroughly enjoy lessons and are active learners who display very good behaviour because they understand the right of all children to learn and thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect. This is reiterated through our school, classroom and playground rules. We follow a restorative approach to behaviour management and the work of our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant reinforces its principles on a daily basis. Our Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies underpin our approach in developing mutual respect. Children take part in discussions during Circle Time when they are expected to treat the opinions and views of others with respect, even if they differ from their own.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We actively seek opportunities to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity through the real life experiences of their peers. Assemblies and discussions are supported by learning in RE and PSHE.