British Values statement:
The DFE 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.”
At Brookside we feel that many of these skills alongside the core school rules of be safe, be kind, be responsible, PHSE, RE and our vision statement of Inspiring Futures makes a strong case for forming children’s understanding of the wider communities and their roles within them.
Children have many opportunities for their voice to be heard. From school council to house meetings there are times in which they can put themselves forward to take on extra responsibility within a clear system to collaborate with others for the greater good.
Democracy at Brookside:
• The process of voting and elections
• The role of political parties
• Political parties in the uk
• Democracy versus dictatorship (topic)
• Benefits of being a UK citizen (Think Global topic)
The Rule of Law (Be Responsible)
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through weekly school assemblies. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when the laws are broken. In particular Order Marks are a clear way in which children are accountable for their actions in school.
The Rule of Law at Brookside:
• Law and justice
• Animal rights and the law
• The role of the police
• Legal systems in the UK
• Human rights
• Crime (breaking the law)
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are safe, kind and responsible. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through a safe environment that seeks to empower their decisions. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities to take foreign trips, children are given the freedom to make choices.
Individual liberty at Brookside:
• The rights of the child
• Human rights
• Keeping safe and the consequences
• Where can I find help and assistance?
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others from a very early age. We expect all members of the Brookside community to treat each other with respect.
Mutual respect at Brookside:
• Sense of self
• Respecting equality and diversity
• Working together to improve communities
• Community cohesion
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Brookside is unique in many ways and we are proud of the tolerance that children show each other across the mainstream and specialist parts of the school. During our Think Global term we encourage learning from different faiths and cultures to be embedded in to our curriculum. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views. In instances where ‘extremist’ views are encountered, the school will refer to the Local Authority’s Prevent Strategy and will act in accordance.