British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Purpose of study
The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.
Colley Lane Primary Academy has a whole school approach to the British values and SMSC education. Each half term begins with a dedicated focus to the British Values and SMSC which is then woven into our curriculum for the rest of the term, encouraging children and staff to respect and promote the British Values.
We aim to ensure that all of our pupils understand our country and the values that we hold. Our ASPIRE values of: active in our learning, sure we can improve, positive in our attitude, imaginative in our thinking, resilient when things go wrong and always giving 100% effort are closely linked with the British values to ensure a safe environment where we can all learn. These are the qualities we ASPIRE to promote as a school and develop in our pupils.
Our approach at Colley Lane readies children for life in Modern Britain and the wider world. Our curriculum provides many opportunities for children to engage in the principles of British Values and gives them opportunities to apply them to real situations. The following overview demonstrates how we promote the key principles of British Values at Colley Lane Primary Academy.
All pupils are given opportunities to make choices, every day, at a range of levels.
Our School Council works with staff and governors to give our students a voice. Each class elects a representative at the beginning of the year who attends meetings where children discuss issues and suggest ideas as to how improvements can be made.
Pupil voice is undertaken by every subject leader and by year group leads to hear how the children are finding different aspects of school life. This then feeds into decision making processes and changes are made when needed.
Further examples of democracy in action in our school:
- Voting within lessons, giving the children choices in their learning.
- Class monitors and Student representatives.
- The Prefect system in year 6.
- Surveys, pupil voice and student questionnaires (school dinners, lifestyle, reading etc…) - allows children to become involved in the decision making process and gives them a voice within our school.
- Links with local MPs and Councillors who visit the school and speak to the pupils. This has led to Parliamentary visits and an understanding of how Democracy works.
- PHSE and history lessons help children understand the Monarchy, Parliament and the advantages and disadvantages of Democracy and how it works in Britain.
The Rule of Law
Each academic year, classes agree a Charter which will be followed by all in the class. The Charter documents what the children think will lead to a happy and safe learning environment for all. There are further Codes of Conduct within our school which are followed by all: corridor, assembly, uniform etc… and we expect all students and staff to abide. The codes (rules) are consistently enforced leading to all feeling safe and respected at Colley Lane.
Our PSHE lessons encourage children to understand their place in the community. They learn that their choices lead to outcomes, teaching them how to make correct decisions. We encourage questioning and reasoning across our curriculum lessons.
Examples of Rule of Law in action in our school:
- A Behaviour Policy that makes rules and expectations clear to all.
- PSHE lessons where children look at their role in the choices they make.
- Visits from local police, PCSOs – this helps children learn about the law and its role in keeping us safe.
- Parent / carers questionnaires
- Assemblies - e.g. school rules, ASPIRE
Much of the work done with Individual Liberty is further reinforced through our PSHE, RE and SMSC curriculum at Colley Lane. We refer to this as ‘Colley Lane and the Wider World’ and children are encouraged to look at themselves as well as their place in the wider society. We celebrate differences within our school and are proud of our heritage and cultures. Guest speakers and our links with the local community further demonstrate our support of everyone as individuals.
Examples of Individual Liberty in action in our school:
- Class debates/Pupil Voice.
- Behaviour Expectations/Friendship Week/Classroom Charters/Worry Boxes
- Class Points/Zone Boards/Praise Certificates
- Praise Assembly/Head teacher’s Assembly
- R.E, SMSC and PHSE curriculum
- Extra-curricular activities: Choir, Sporting clubs, First Aid Club, Creative club…. Allow children to express themselves and their interests.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
Children at Colley Lane are proud to be part of a diverse community where all cultures are respected. We ensure that our children are aware of the range of cultures and faiths both within our local community and within the Wider World. The differences are celebrated through stand-alone focus days as well as being entwined within our RE, PSHE and SMSC curriculums. We have close links with lots of groups in our community: Religious groups, parent groups, The British Legion etc… and we value these greatly.
Circle times, PSHE lessons and assemblies explore issues such as friendship, bullying, racism, respect and prejudice as well as current topical issues whilst our WAT Pledge aims to give children experiences of activities and places where we can see Mutual Respect first hand: Parliament trips, visits to London etc…
Examples of Mutual Respect & Tolerance of those with different Faiths & Beliefs in action in our school:
- R.E. curriculum and visits to places of worship.
- PHSE curriculum.
- British Values and SMSC focus days every term.
- Visitors from and links with the local community (e.g Food Bank, British Legion, Police, Religious Groups).
- Shared worship and thoughts for the day – in assemblies and within the classroom.