At The Greville Primary School we promote British Values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the development of the ‘whole child’. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils. The Greville has four school values that promote British Values. These are: Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Kindness.
The DfE has underlined 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”
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values are reiterated. At The Greville, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important aspect of the school. Pupils are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully with concern to each other, respecting the right of every pupil to have their opinions and voice heard. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
We have a Pupil Council which meets regularly with a member of staff to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The Pupil Council has access to a small budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. For example, being involved in deciding the school values and designing playground markings . Every pupil on the Pupil Council is voted in by their class.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced at The Greville.
Pupils are taught the rules of the school from their induction visits in Reception. These are the school and class rules. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind class, school and national rules and laws: that they govern and protect us, that they involve responsibilities, and that there are consequences when laws are broken. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
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 pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E Safety and PSHE lessons.
The core value of respect underpins our behaviour policy and is constantly reiterated through classroom and school rules; for example one of the school’s values is ‘respect’. Children also receive weekly awards for demonstrating this value. It is taught through the curriculum and in assemblies. Mutual respect for others is modelled in the relationships within the school.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community, including, staff, pupils and parents, treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school is a community of children and adults from a variety of different backgrounds which makes it an exciting place to be. Understanding and celebrating our differences is very important when building a strong and supportive community, both at The Greville and the wider world in which we all live.
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. The curriculum, including RE and PSHE lessons, along with collective worship, reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. We ensure children have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and religions that exist between people and faiths. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the classes and the school.