The Department for Education expects all schools to promote British Values. The promotion of these values is considered to be part of how well we fulfil our duty to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils.
The Department for Education takes its definition of British Values from the Home Office PREVENT strategy, the purpose of which is to prevent people, including children and young people, from becoming radicalised by extreme ideology.
British Values are described in this strategy as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Here in Ferryhill Station Primary school we ensure that these values are promoted throughout our curriculum. Examples of this are:
- Engaging with current events to ensure that children understand democracy in real life, for example elections both at home and abroad, or instances where un democratic events have happened in the world.
- Exploring governance through our history topics and linking this to the understanding of democracy, including discussion where systems are or were not democratic.
- Through links with Parliament via our local MP.
- By appointing a school council and school ambassador group through a voting system each year.
The Rule of Law
- Application of the school’s behaviour policy develops an understanding of the importance of following rules from a very early age.
- Opportunities are found throughout the curriculum to consider topics with reference to laws and rules. This can be as simple as exploring littering in the local community and also more complex, for example when looking at how drugs are used for legal, medical reasons and otherwise.
- Engagement with the local Police and PCSOs.
- Engaging with children’s rights and responsibilities.
- Engaging with relevant current affairs.
- Considering this when relevant through topics in school.
- Through a school ambassador group, working within the school and the community.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Engaging with different faiths and beliefs through our RE curriculum.
- When appropriate, inviting visitors into school to discuss faith and beliefs.
- When appropriate, visiting places of worship of a number of faiths.