Promoting British Values
Already this academic year 2019/20 the children have participated in a democratic vote for their class names. We are also using a new resource called picture news to discuss relevant issues.
Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British values.
How can this be done at St Michael's?
- Democracy – what do we do?
• Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
• Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
• Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
• Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school (class votes and through our school council)
• Help pupils to express their views
• Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account
• Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged
- Rule of law – what do we do?
•Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair (reinforced through our school values)
•Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
•Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
•Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
•Include visits from the police/PCSOs in the curriculum (e.g. Esafety)
•Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws (during Life skills lessons)
- Individual liberty – what do we do?
•Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
•Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
•Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence
•Implement a strong anti-bullying culture
•Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda
- Respect and tolerance – what do we do?
•Promote respect for individual differences
•Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life
•Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
•Organise visits to places of worship
•Develop critical personal thinking skills
•Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability or gender and differences of family situations.