The DfE have recently 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.”
As a Church of England school, our core Christian values of Love, Trust, Truthfulness, Respect, Hope and Friendship & forgiveness underpin our ethos and permeate all areas of school life.
Alongside our Christian values, Silverstone CE Primary School is committed to promoting British Values and preparing our pupils for life in Modern Britain. We re-enforce British Values through our collective worship which is strongly Christian and we teach British Values through planning a broad and balanced curriculum.
Throughout our RE curriculum, we promote British Christian values and also educate our pupils about the other faiths and beliefs by people from different countries and organisations.
At Silverstone CE Primary, you will encounter these values throughout our everyday school life. We believe that our Christian identity plays an important role in upholding British Values within our school community. Below is just a snap shot of how we promote these values in our school community and correlates with an understanding of British Values.
Pupil voice is important at our School. Our pupil elect school councillors, House captains in Year 6, Vice House Captains in Year 2, and Sports Crew Leaders. Our School Council help to decide on fundraising events and input on school improvement ideas. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
The Rule of Law:
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. Our Behaviour policy is clear and the Golden Rules are displayed in every classroom. Our school rules are consistently applied everywhere and to everyone by all members of our school. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the Rule of Law for our pupils.
Alongside rules and laws we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. In lessons, children are given the chance to speak and have their ideas and opinions valued by staff and other pupils. Outside lessons our children are able to take part in a range of playground games. ‘Forrest School’ is available for all our pupils and this provides an opportunity to respectfully work as a team and make choices. Through our E-Safety and values teaching, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.
As one of our core Christian Values, Respect is embedded into the life of the school. We aim to nurture everyone’s uniqueness and special gifts, develop everyone to their full potential and value diversity. Our celebration assembly respectfully acknowledges personal successes and achievements outside school. Anti-bullying assemblies and other assemblies all reflect our commitment to mutual respect.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
Whilst we are a Church of England School, our RE and wider curriculum offers opportunities to understand and respect other faiths and beliefs. Although we share a common goal by living through our Christian values and striving to be the best we can be, we value how everyone is different and have unique strengths and interests. We invite visitors to school to talk to the children about different faiths and we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
Celebrating British Events and Traditions:
As a Church school we participate in the celebration of key events within the Christian calendar such as Harvest Festival, Christmas Nativity in FS2 and KS1, Shrove Tuesday and key events around Easter. We also participate in traditional British events and traditions such as Remembrance day and the Queen’s birthday.