At The Croft Primary School we actively promote British Values, as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching:
‘Ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those with no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in the modern Britain’.
At The Croft Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in the community and the wider world. Underpinning this entire are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
To promote these values:
- We have a school council where pupil’s voices are heard and pupils also have the opportunity to complete pupil voice questionnaires.
- Our collective worship calendar actively promotes these values through the use of PSHE, RE and SEAL.
- Our SMSC coordinator will play an active role in whole school events to promote these values and links with the parents to embed these British values.
- Pupils are taught the value and reason 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, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
- Through our broad and balanced curriculum the pupils are given opportunities to discuss these messages further.
- Pupils are actively encouraged and supported to make informed choices, to know and exercise their rights and personal freedom, but safety for example through our e-safety policy.
- Our positive behaviour policy encourages tolerance and mutual respect.
- We visit different places of worship and have visitors to school from other faiths.
- We have established close links with the local community and the local church for events such as harvest.
- As a whole school, we have implemented Values Based Education which promotes a different value each month that the children are able to talk about and really understand what the values such as respect, peace, honesty, tolerance and love, really mean.