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Westover Primary School

British and School Values

Our school values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

  • Everyone has the right to be respected so we must respect each other.
  • We are kind to each other so that our school is a happy place to learn.
  • We work together to achieve the best outcome that we possibly can.
  • We are curious to help us gain a wider understanding of the world.
  • We use our imagination to show how unique and different we are.
  • No matter how big or small the challenge, we should never give up without a good try.

Promoting Fundamental British Values.

 

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure our young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. 

 

Each term is given a particular British Value to focus on and is promoted on our display board within the hall, alongside our school values as well. Our assembly planner also takes into consideration the British Values and used to support the weekly themes. The current term's assembly planner can be seen below.


Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

 

Responsibilities 

Promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools (Departmental advice for maintained schools November 2014) advised: 

• It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. The schools’ ethos and teaching, which schools should make parents aware of, should support the rule of English civil and criminal law and schools should not teach anything that undermines it. If schools teach about religious law, particular care should be taken to explore the relationship between state and religious law. Pupils should be made aware of the difference between the law of the land and religious law. 

• Schools should 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. This can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in their provision of SMSC. 

• Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Attempts to promote systems that undermine fundamental British values would be completely at odds with the schools’ duty to provide SMSC. The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values. 

Please read this statement in conjunction with the Prevent Duty Guidance found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance 

The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

 

 

Each year group has a set of principles and skills linked to each British Value that are progressive throughout the school. These are taught discreetly and then be applied  into ‘real ‘opportunities’ as seen in the Schools Personal Development ‘Real Opportunities Grid’ through activities with Buddies, Community Project and Parent Participation.

 

Promoting British Values at Westover Primary School

We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:

  • Democracy

  • The Rule of Law

  • Individual Liberty

  • Mutual Respect

  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

 

Democracy   

Democracy is common within the school where the promotion of democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address the needs and concerns are heard through our School Councillors, pupil conferencing, assemblies and class and small groups.  Also key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of authority of influence. 

 

The Rule of Law  

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school worship/assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken, and given opportunities to experience these in ‘real life’ school situations.  We adopt a positive approach to managing behaviour, using a system based on the principles of restorative justice. 

 

Individual Liberty     

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms) and are advised how to exercise these safely; for example through E-Safety and PD (PSHE) and SRE lessons. Our school also has a progressive set of skills and principles set out for its school rules. The rule of ‘Safe’, and it’s associated year group skills, underpins this. 

 

Mutual Respect   

Respect is one of our school rules, as well as a British Value, and both the school rule, and the British value have progressive skills and principles attached to it appropriate to each year group to ensure a deepening understanding of the concept. Additional support is provided for individual pupils, through ELSA and Pastoral Care work. This support helps to develop self-esteem and to practise strategies pupils can employ to help improve their respect of others. 

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs     

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by providing opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based are supported by learning in RE and PD (PSHE.) Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Through a wide range of activities, the school secures such standards and uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for children. 

 

 

Our curriculum – other ways we promote British Values at Westover Primary School

Develops the skill base required to access/share information, make/express decisions and helps children apply them to society and the world. These include the understanding and use of money, effective writing and reading skills, collaborative work (teamwork - school value), to discuss and research ideas and concepts, and gain a broad and balanced understanding of the society in which they live. Aspects of study beyond core skills include historical and geographical context of the United Kingdom, incorporating local and national evolution, as well as international comparisons. 

Our school makes the best use of opportunities as they arise, for children to learn about events in the past which have shaped the future. Every year, all children are involved in classroom activities that focus their thinking on Remembrance. Throughout our taught curriculum, children undertake a range of history topics about the development of Britain through different periods. 

 

Whole school daily acts of collective worship/assembly:

The sharing of stories, images, events, music and expectations that, with clarity and precision, promote the values expressed. Such proceedings vary in the methodology of delivery in order to secure interest and understanding and are designed to impact on children regardless of knowledge, experience or cognitive maturity. Collective worship recognises that those attending may have a wide range of faiths, or none. It is however, in line with regulation and is “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”. 

 

Religious Education:

 Gaining a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices, which cover key religions represented in the UK. We use the Hampshire Agreed syllabus for RE (Living Difference) and a range of materials to enhance RE teaching. 

 

Physical Education:

We actively promote the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others. There are many opportunities for all pupils throughout their time in school, to participate in competitions and events which promote these values. For example, basketball, football, tag-rugby, netball, cricket and athletics tournaments as well as multi-skills events for younger KS1 pupils. All pupils participate in a range of physical and athletic activities within sports days. These take place within the school grounds, at other school facilities, as well as at local community playing fields. 

Should you feel that the school is not meeting the requirement to promote British values, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Head teacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is, intentionally or otherwise undermining these values, you should report this to the Head teacher. 

 

At Westover Primary School we believe children need to experience responsibility in order to help them play an active role as good citizens, here is a selection of job descriptions for our Year 6 pupils who will have to apply for the roles described.

 

Job description for Prefect at Westover Primary School

 

We believe our Prefects will have a very important role to play in the day to day organisation of our school, and as only Year 6 children are permitted to apply, it will be considered a prestigious position.

Children who believe they have the appropriate skills and qualities will get the opportunity to apply to staff why they think they would make a suitable Prefect.

Prefects are expected to set a good example at all times in their behaviour, the respect they show others, and their school uniform. In addition they should carry out their duties with fairness.

Prefects are guided by the Head of School

A Prefect’s main duties include:

  • to encourage the School values of respect, resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity and kindness.
  • to be a role model for other children, to lead by example and to wear the school uniform correctly and with pride
  • to work with Mr Langston to promote good behaviour, manners, politeness and to assist in helping the school run effectively
  • to be punctual and well prepared for their tasks
  • to support the dinner staff and all who work in the school for the benefit of the children
  • to act as additional pairs of eyes at break times and lunchtimes and to report to staff serious misbehaviour
  • to help provide a happy and safe environment in which all members of the school community feel valued
  • to work to prevent and report bullying and discrimination
  • to act as friends and buddies for those who need support
  • to patrol the school corridors at break times and lunchtimes in order to assist in preventing any lack of respect for persons and property
  • to support infant classes during wet play
  • to carry out other tasks and jobs as may be directed from time to time by staff

Prefects represent the school and its values and may be asked to attend both public and school events. Prefects must understand they can be replaced if, in the judgement of the Executive Head Teacher and Head of School, they are not fulfilling their roles effectively and in accordance with this job description and outline of duties.

 

Librarian’s job description

 

Children who believe they have the appropriate skills and qualities will get the opportunity to apply to staff why they think they would make a suitable Librarian.

Librarians are expected to set a good example at all times in their behaviour, the respect they show others, and their school uniform. In addition, they should carry out their duties with fairness.

Librarians are guided by Mrs Atkins (Librarian)

The main duties will be:

  • to encourage the School values of respect, resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity and kindness.
  • to be a role model for other children, to lead by example and to wear the school uniform correctly and with pride
  • to work with Mrs Atkins to promote good behaviour, manners, politeness and to assist in helping the school run effectively
  • To ensure our library is a tidy and well organised area to enjoy reading
  • To support children in their book selections
  • To promote the love of reading by sharing their passion for it
  • To ensure the library rules are followed by all users
  • to carry out other tasks and jobs as may be directed from time to time by staff

 

Librarians must understand they can be replaced, in the judgement of the Executive Head Teacher, Head of School and Librarian, if they are not fulfilling their roles effectively and in accordance with this job description and outline of duties.

 

Job description for Team Captain

 

Children who believe they have the appropriate skills and qualities will get the opportunity to apply to staff why they think they would make a suitable Team Captain.

Team Captains are expected to set a good example at all times in their behaviour, the respect they show others, and their school uniform. In addition, they should carry out their duties with fairness.

Team captains are guided by the Head of School and lead adult for the Team.

The main duties will be:

  • to encourage the School values of respect, resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity and kindness.
  • to be a role model for other children, to lead by example and to wear the school uniform correctly and with pride
  • to work with members of staff to promote good behaviour, manners, politeness and to assist in helping the school run effectively
  • To represent and encourage members of your team
  • To represent your Team in assemblies
  • To count team points every Friday
  • To support the organisation of Team events throughout the year.
  • to carry out other tasks and jobs as may be directed from time to time by staff

 

Team Captains must understand they can be replaced, in the judgement of the Executive Head Teacher, Head of School, if they are not fulfilling their roles effectively and in accordance with this job description and outline of duties.

 

Job description for Sports Captain

 

Children who believe they have the appropriate skills and qualities will get the opportunity to apply to staff why they think they would make a suitable Team Captain.

Team Captains are expected to set a good example at all times in their behaviour, the respect they show others, and their school uniform. In addition, they should carry out their duties with fairness.

The main duties will be:

  • to encourage the School values of respect, resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity and kindness.
  • to be a role model for other children, to lead by example and to wear the school uniform correctly and with pride
  • to work with members of staff to promote good behaviour, manners, politeness and to assist in helping the school run effectively
  • To represent and encourage members of your team
  • To represent your Team in assemblies
  • To promote sportsmanship within PE lessons and the playground
  • To promote a wide range of sports within the school
  • To represent the school in sporting activities if selected
  • To support adults in the organisation of Team sporting activities
  • To support the organisation of Sports Day
  • to carry out other tasks and jobs as may be directed from time to time by staff

 

Sports Captains must understand they can be replaced, in the judgement of the Executive Head Teacher, Head of School, if they are not fulfilling their roles effectively and in accordance with this job description and outline of duties.

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