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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the present Government.
Serving Our Community
Coaley Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally influence them.
It follows 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. Coaley Primary School is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British Values to all its pupils.
The school uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils. As a Church of England school, Coaley Primary School promotes Christian Values, which support Fundamental British Values, and is a whole school approach. The values pertinent to Coaley Primary are Friendship, Forgiveness, Generosity, Humility, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Trust, and Truth.
Each term a new value is introduced to children, and weekly values assemblies are led by the Headteacher.
British Values are taught within PSHE lessons as well as in a cross-curricular manner appropriate to the subject matter being studied.
The examples that follow show some of the many ways Coaley School seeks to embed British values.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at Coaley Primary School.
Children are involved in producing the class rules.
Rules are discussed daily and we talk about why we need these rules to keep everyone safe and happy. School rules are compared to the rules of the land, pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. These are in line with the ethos of Coaley School. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
Coaley Primary School has a clear Behaviour Policy, which is consistently followed throughout school.
E.g. prior warnings will be given before any sanctions are taken out. Positive reinforcements are promoted. This whole school approach includes weekly rewards assembly, stickers and Golden time. Coaley Primary School has an E-safety and computer use policy. Pupils must agree to a sensible conduct agreement for computer use before being allowed to log in and use a school computer.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Coaley School; all children are listened to and have a voice. The principle of democracy is explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in assemblies.
All of our children are encouraged to make choices.
House and School Council Elections are held, each child gets a vote to choose two class representatives who are elected and communicate the views and opinions of each class to the council meetings. Decisions and feedback are relayed back to the class via the councillors.
Resolving of issues is instilled in children through our positive behaviour policy and when conflicts arise, children are aware that everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone’s voice in valued. When conflicts arise, it is procedure to hear all sides of the story before a conclusion is reached.
Pupils also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires.
At Coaley Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at our school educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
For example, children have a choice of clubs and they have the right to put their name forward for different in school/ after school clubs (Drama, chess, computer club, maths booster, Get Moving, Sports etc)
Children take part in anti-bullying workshops which encourage them to be themselves, and not accept bullying. Work is also consolidated in PSHE lessons, where children learn about freedom of choice and stereotypes are challenged.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Pupils are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. They learn about different festivals ie Diwali, Christmas, Eid, Easter, and Chinese New Year.
The Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Children look at moral messages within all religions, comparing faiths and learning from each other.
Equality for all
Equality and Respect is a strong part of Coaley Primary School. ‘Respect’ is one of the core values, and assemblies in this will focus on respect for all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, family or faith and is embedded through classroom practice.
Pupils learn that their behaviours have 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 its teaching and learning environments. Coaley Primary School has equal out of class opportunities for all. All children, regardless of circumstances, are able to access the wider curriculum, such as school trips, clubs etc.
All children with a barrier for learning have access to intervention groups, regardless of ability or circumstances. Coaley Primary School is committed to monitoring potentially vulnerable children’s’ progress. Children who are particularly vulnerable (e.g. pupil premium/ looked after children etc.) are closely monitored to ensure that they are developing in line with the school’s expectations. Through PSHE lessons (and interventions such as ‘social stories’), children are taught to embrace diversity of faith/ethnicity/religion/ family make-up.
All children are encouraged to take responsibility of their classroom environment, including a fair delegation of classroom jobs, irrespective of gender, etc. Fund Raising is an important part of life Coaley Primary School with Harvest donation, comic relief, Children in Need, Christingle and reaction to world events as appropriate. This teaches our children the vital traits of compassion, generosity and humanity for others, how to share and to think of others.
Coaley Primary School strives endlessly to ensure that its pupils leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.