British Values

 

As part of the SMSC requirement, we actively promote fundamental British values.

The government defines these as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Democracy

At the beginning of the school year all classes in school decide on a set of class rules/ a Code of Conduct. These are displayed in all classrooms and are regularly referred to throughout the school year.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. The school council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class circle time and to focus on whole school projects. The children who represent classes on our school council were nominated and voted for by pupils.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make safe choices through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of all our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own right and the rights of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. Staff are expected to be good role models at all times.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The curriculum is planned to address this issue directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our PSHE and RE teaching reinforces this. Another key way that we show tolerance of others is reflected in how the children work and play positively with each other.

Pupil Voice

Children at Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School are at the centre of what we do and provide. We actively encourage them to be involved in the development of our school, to make their voices heard. Our aim is that every child feels that they are part of a team and that their expertise, opinions and ideas are valued in all aspects of school life. We believe it is essential that pupils have regular opportunities to feed back to staff on areas of their learning and learning environment.

Why is Pupil Voice important?

  • It allows children to take responsibility for their own learning experience.

  • It promotes positive attitudes of self- respect and respect for others.

  • Children learn about democracy and share decision making.

  • Children develop life skills of speaking, debating, planning listening, problem solving and empathy.

  • Children learn how to play an active role in our community whilst learning about roles, rights and responsibility.

  • It allows all children to feel valued as part of a community.

 

Classroom practice and the pupil voice

  • Pupils are given opportunities to reflect on their learning, to understand themselves as learners, to self-assess their work, to complete peer and self-assessments and to respond to teacher’s comments.

  • Pupils work in collaboration with the teacher to draw up codes of conduct and rules in their classroom which are in line with whole school practice.

Teachers ensure that all pupils, regardless of ability, are able to contribute to lessons and discussions.

 

Teaching and Learning

SMSC is taught across the curriculum. Pupils are provided with a range of activities and learning experiences where they are encouraged to recognise the spiritual dimension of their learning, reflect on the significance of what they are learning and recognise challenges that there may be to their own attitude and lifestyle. Through their planning teachers strive to inspire, challenge and engage children so that they become both resilient and thoughtful learners. Where possible, examples are drawn from a wide range of cultural contexts. Opportunities are given to listen and talk to each other, take turns and share equipment, agree and disagree and work collaboratively and cooperatively.

Most recently, the whole school took part in a British values decades project.  Please use the link below to view.

British values decades project 

 

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