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Promoting British Values

Yattendon C of E Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

Yattendon C of E Primary School is committed to preparing pupils for their adult life in modern Britain beyond the formal assessed curriculum, serving the whole community and ensuring that it actively promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils. The Government emphasises that schools have a duty to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.

The Government sets out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. They are:

  1. Democracy
  2. The rule of law
  3. Individual liberty
  4. Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The school uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to ensure such outcomes for pupils. The examples that follow show some of the many ways that Yattendon C of E Primary School actively promotes embedded British values.

Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Yattendon C of E Primary School, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community. For instance, elections are established as part of the process for selecting School Council representatives for each year group thereby ensuring that pupils have a ‘voice’ at every meeting. The principle of democracy is also explored in PSHCE and Religious Education as well as in class reflection time and assemblies.

The rule of law

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at Yattendon C of E Primary School. Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school and all pupils sign a code of conduct. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, ambulance and fire service reinforce this message.

Individual liberty

At Yattendon C of E Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, in the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Yattendon educate, model and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety sessions. Yattendon has a robust anti-bullying policy and was re-accredited with the Anti-bullying Quality Award in March 2017.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Respect runs at the heart of everything at Yattendon C of E Primary School. Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through the teaching and learning environment.

Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for pupils to express their views in a safe environment. The school actively seeks opportunities to develop personal responsibility alongside respect.

Tolerance is achieved through equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by providing opportunities to experience such diversity via special visitors to school or visits away from school. The school is currently in the early stages of forming what is hoped will be a long term relationship with a school in Lima, Peru. The Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. It helps pupils to have a broader understanding of spiritual, moral and sociological issues and encourages them to think about their own spiritual development.

Yattendon C of E Primary School strives endlessly to ensure that its pupils leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a positive life and a positive contribution to our society.