Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values and children’s rights

 

At Summerhill Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values.

 

‘ ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’

                             Ofsted guidance, September 2014

 

British values are :

  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs 

 

Summerhill is also a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Children are taught about their rights and about the lives of children globally. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.

The promotion of modern British values and children’s rights go hand in hand. It is clearly evident within our school through the following:

 

Convention Rights of the Child

Modern British Value

What we Do

UN CRC Article 12:  Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

Democracy

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • Democracy is promoted through PSHE lessons and assemblies.
  • Children know they are listened to and are stakeholders within school; they complete questionnaires and are consulted in key areas.
  • We have an elected school council, elected head boy and girl and student representatives on the eco council, sports council, and student council.
  • Children are taught in History about the shaping of Britain and threats to Democracy in the past and present
  • Children are encouraged to become involved in unicef campaigns.
  • Groups of children have visited parliament and local law courts to learn more about the democratic process and the role of the state.

UN CRC Article 19:  Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

The rule of law

We have high expectations of pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. 

Each class has formulated class rules formed democratically with the children that we adhere to.

School has home-school agreements with our parents who are encouraged to share with their children.

School has a robust safeguarding policy that is shared with the children as appropriately and has regular workshops from the NSPCC.

The local police officer / PCSO regularly visits the school to talk to the children about the reasons behind rules and laws and the consequences if they are broken.

We overtly teach morality and right from wrong in RE/ PSHE lessons as well as assemblies.

Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

UN CRC Article 2:  The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

 

UN CRC Article 30:  Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

 

Mutual Respect

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Children are rewarded with ‘Righties” for behaving in a respectful and polite way.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • Mutual respect is enshrined in the conduct we expect from both adults and children in all lessons and in all that we do. It is also promoted in PE where, when we play games, sportsmanship, honour and fairness are valued as much as core skills.

 

 

UN CRC Article 14:  Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy. 
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in our Syllabus for Religious Education.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work is often displayed in the classroom.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (class, key stage and whole school), which although mainly Christian in nature, also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan, Diwali and the Jewish and Islamic New Years.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

UN CRC Article 31:  All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

 

UN CRC Article 15:  Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

 

Individual liberty

  • Through our assemblies and PSHE sessions, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.
  • Summerhill runs a large amount of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Children are encouraged to make their own choices and select activities to enrich their lives.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through workshops run by outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE and Computing curriculum. 
  • We actively participate in anti-bullying week with events held across the school.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.