British Values and the Prevent Strategy

The DfE have rightly 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.”We strongly believe that our ethos and values reinforce and promote these fundamental British values, and these four areas are implicitly shown in our ‘oval’.How do we prevent radicalisation? See the bottom of this page!

 

Democracy

At KFJS, we regularly use the language of our core-values and learning behaviours; this is shown through displays, marking, assemblies and spoken language.

Children are involved in drawing up class charters, and the discussion around the rights and responsibilities associated with these.

Our pupils were also involved in the evolution of our Learning Behaviours, deciding amongst themselves what behaviours will make them better learners.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets weekly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.

Pupils are also listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern for each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.

Pupils have a twice yearly questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school. Results of the survey are given back to the pupils for discussion.

Members of our school council are always involved in interviewing potential new staff members. Indeed their questions are often harder to answer than the staff questions!

Pupils voted for a charity that we now support as a school- “Sebastian’s Action Trust”, for which we have raised several thousand pounds.

We have an annual whole-school democracy project, where each class decides how they would further improve our school. The classes present their ideas to the whole school, and then each child has a vote.

We also encourage political involvement within school. Our local MP, Maria Miller, has visited our school several times, most recently in March 2015.

In April 2015, we took 68 pupils to the Houses of Parliament. The pupils had to apply for a place. This will become an annual visit.

Pupils are regularly asked questions about their learning in pupil conferencing sessions. We seek their views to improve our school.

Pupils also have the opportunity to apply for positions, such as ‘Junior Road Safety Officer’.

The curriculum itself actively promotes democracy, often explicitly so such as the Greeks project.

One pupil wrote to 10 Downing Street to express his views about education, and received a reply from the PM’s Correspondence Officer.

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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 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. Visits from authorities such as the CPSOs and Fire Service help reinforce this message. This is backed up by a clear behaviour system, comprising of merit points and mopeys, with Yellow Forms being used as a deterrent. Our Behaviour, Exclusions and Anti-Bullying policy states clearly states the views and procedures of KFJS.

Bikeability in Year 5 teaches pupils about the law when cycling, whilst our Junior Road Safety Officers develop a greater understanding of ‘Rules of the Road’, and help the school to be safe.

Our local CSPOs help our pupils to understand about keeping safe in our local community.

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Our Year 6 project ‘Crime and Punishment’ fully explores the Rule of Law, also allowing the pupils to think critically about personal responsibility and consequences – see the project leaflet below:

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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 advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Pupils are also allowed to choose their preference in our Diploma Days- a morning set aside to explicitly develop learning behaviours and to work with pupils from different year groups, as well as choose clubs, activities at lunch and break, and which toys to bring in and play with their friends.

In PE lessons and sporting competitions, we promote of the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion of others, and being competitive in an appropriate way.

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Mutual Respect

As a Rights Respecting School, respect is at the heart of our values, and a key behaviour that we develop within our pupils. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Our ‘Young Interpreters’ group celebrates those pupils who speak different languages, and trains them up to support pupils who are new to our school but may have English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Class charters are developed by each class in order to have a shared understanding of how we show respect to each other.

We take pride in modelling manners and being courteous to each other. This is frequently commented on by visitors.

Weekly ‘Celebration Assemblies’ promote individual achievement, as well as developing respect for one another’s achievements.

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Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At KFJS, we have a variety of cultures beliefs amongst our pupils and staff. Although broadly Christian in ethos, we strongly promote diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this through the inclusion of stories, discussions, visitors and learning about celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE teaching also reinforce this. Pupils and visitors of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths where possible.

Our school council developed a school prayer which is frequently said at assemblies. The prayer is acceptable to those of any faith.

Children from faiths are used in lessons or assemblies to help other pupils understand their religion.

Children are allowed to wear the Hijab, and take part in their religious celebrations (e.g. Eid); this is celebrated in school.

At KFJS, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

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Being part of Britain

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse cultures of our community. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year; for example, Remembrance Day, royal events, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Harvest festival, Guy Fawkes night, General Elections and news items, Sports Day, Christmas plays and traditions, and more.

Further, children learn about being part of Britain through our curriculum. Geographically, our pupils learn about the physical and locational elements of Britain, such as its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains, its make-up of countries, and where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.

Historically, children learn different periods in History, and how our British culture and way of life has be shaped by events in the past. This might also include inventions and discoveries, or houses, or medicine.

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School Prayer

Through working together in our school and class councils, our pupils wrote a school prayer, which is not tied to a specific faith or religion.

Thank you for our wonderful school.
Thank you for the support we have and the friendships we enjoy.
Thank you that we can learn in a safe place.
Help us to be kind and thoughtful people, and to always give our best.
Amen.

Governors

Our governing body are involved in challenging and supporting our school in ensuring that we promote British Values. They are discussed in meetings, and referred to when making visits and reports. The governor body conducts itself in a manner which reflects British Values, with democracy and mutual respect at the heart of what it does.

Ongoing Actions

With the introduction of the revised National Curriculum, we are continually ensuring that there are further opportunities for embedding and learning the fundamental British values. This means that planning for each project explicitly states how British values are taught. Our Collective Worship schedule also ensures that there is an appropriate spread of themes and values throughout the year. We will also develop a deeper understanding of the vocabulary of British Values.

 

A key part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy is called ‘Prevent’. The aim is to prevent radicalisation of any individual, and to positively promote what it means to be British, in order to create a cohesive society that lives out British values, whatever the origins or ethnicity of the individuals. Read more about ‘Prevent’ here.

How do we do our part in both preventing radicalisation, and promoting British Values?

  • Most importantly, read above for how we promote British Values through our curriculum- it’s simply a part of who we are and what we do at KFJS!
  • We take great pride in developing our children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development – read all about our SMSC opportunities here.
  • We ensure that our safeguarding practices are kept up-to-date, and our policy and training covers the different aspects of the ‘Prevent Strategy’.
  • We are ensuring that our pupils are able to think critically using curriculum opportunities including small group work.
  • We teach about mulitple religions, and have visitors from various faiths and religions speak to our pupils.
  • Assemblies focus on our Learning Behaviours and Life Skills, which inherently promote British Values.
  • We challenge and act strongly on any form of racism or prejudice, either by adults or children.
  • We provide strong emotional and pastoral support, and look out for individuals or groups of children or adults who may be isolated.
  • We have strong links with local charities and faith groups, and seek to look beyond our four walls; we have a strong community feel, and ‘serving’ is one of our core values.