Promoting British Values

At Nelson Infant School

At Nelson Infant School we recognise, teach and promote the importance of British Values which are defined as:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values are fundamental to our commitment to the UN Rights of the Child which is at the heart of the school’s vision and values. We have received national accreditation from UNICEF as a ‘Rights Respecting School’ awarded 2014.

British values are integral to our school values which help to guide us in all our work. These are:

*Respect *Friendship *Courage *Excellence *Enjoyment

 Values are taught explicitly through PSHE and RE and through the broad and balanced curriculum which we provide to meet the needs and aspirations of our children and community. At Nelson Infant School British values are taught and reinforced in the following ways:

Democracy

Every year children are involved in drawing up their class charter and the rights associated with these. There is also a school Golden Charter which is discussed with children through assemblies and circle time.

Children are involved in school improvement through regular circle times or through pupil focus groups which will discuss aspects of the school improvement plan. Children are taught about participative democracy through circle time and opportunities for voting and decision making. An annual home school questionnaire is also sent out which enables children and parents to give their views about the school.

Rule of Law

The importance of rules and laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced during the school day.

As part of the school’s behaviour policy children are taught both the importance of respecting codes of behaviour and the importance of agreed consequences or sanctions when these rules are not upheld. We are committed to rewarding the achievement and attitudes of children in a number of ways including praise, stickers, additional responsibilities, classroom ‘traffic light’ reward system and certificates. There is also a weekly celebration assembly.

The school works with a range of other professionals or agencies to reinforce this message, such as Fire Service, Health professionals, PCSO or local church.

Individual liberty

Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We teach and provide boundaries for children to make safe informed choices about their care, learning and well- being.

Children are taught the skills to recognise both their own feelings and those of others through the behaviour policy, PATHS/SEAL ,PSHE and e-safety. Children are encouraged to celebrate diversity and difference knowing every child is a unique individual. The daily use of Learning/Talk Partners in lessons enables all children to articulate their learning to others and to express their ideas and opinions in a safe and predictable environment.

Mutual Respect

Respect is at the heart of our school values and vision as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. ‘Every child has the right to be treated with respect’.  Children are taught and encouraged to respect the rights of others throughout the curriculum and school day. The importance of respectful relationships underpins the school’s positive behaviour policy and golden charter.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and religions

Nelson Infant School serves a rich and diverse community with a wide range of social and ethnic groups, languages and cultural traditions. This is reflected in the school’s curriculum statement which lays out key elements and experiences which enrich and enhance our learning provision. These include:

  • An awareness of living in a diverse, multi-cultural society
  • Developing an appreciation of the richness of different languages spoken around the world
  • Embedding opportunities for the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of all children

Each class develops cross curricular themes which provide these experiences. Children learn about a range of faiths including Christianity through the RE curriculum and through a calendar of cultural/religious celebrations across the year including Easter, Diwali, Chinese New Year. The children will visit local places of worship that are important to different faiths. They are given time for reflection each day.

 

Discussed with staff and governors July 2015