Promoting British Values at Newlands Primary School

At Newlands, we promote fundamental British values through our ethos, the curriculum, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and through our work as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.

We reinforce and promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Democracy

UNCRC  

Article 12 Every child has the right to be heard

Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

Newlands is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each term, teachers and children decide upon their class charter and explore the rights associated with these.

The role of the adults is to promote respect for these rights – both in and out of school. Our school council plays an active role in the democratic processes involved throughout our school – from governors’ meetings to strategic planning. For example, children developed an adapted the behaviour policy by working with other local schools and then presenting their ideas to the school community. This work was recognised by the Speaker’s School Council Award in 2015 as ‘highly commended’.

Children have an annual questionnaire to put forward their views about the school.

We hold elections for school councillors and we have welcomed speakers to the school, such as the Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot and councillor Myra Billings, to lead assemblies to help understand what ‘democracy’ really means.

 

The Rule of Law

UNCRC   Article 19 Every child has the right to be protected from harm

               Article 1 Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 29 Every child has the right to an education

The importance of laws is consistently reinforced throughout the school day. 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. The home/ school agreement sets out the contract between the school, the child and their parents. The class charter sets out expected behaviour and associated rights in each class. Circle time is used as an opportunity to discuss difficult situations that benefit from whole class discussion. Keeping safe when using the internet is regularly discussed with children in computing lessons and in assemblies. All members of the school community sign our Acceptable Use Policy and pledge to use the internet safely.

Individual Liberty

UNCRC   Article 19 Every child has the right to be protected from harm

               Article 12 Every child has the right to be heard

               Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

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 pupils to make choices, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; for example in computing through our E-Safety policy.

We also have strong links to schools in other settings that enable our pupils to begin to make sense of the world as a connected and interdependent environment. Visits from staff and pupils from Kenya, South Africa and Sweden all help our children to not only understand individual liberty as it applies to themselves, here and now, but also to others, with friends that they might never have had the opportunity to meet.

Mutual Respect

UNCRC   Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 29 Every child has the right to an education

As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos and values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. There are many opportunities to develop SMSC across the curriculum for example through R.E., PSHE, PE, art, music, history, geography, science and English. Children are encouraged to work in collaboration as much as possible either in their class, with other year groups as mediators, as digital leaders and sometimes with other schools in sport or at music and dance festivals.

All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We publish all our behaviour policies on the website and parents, pupils and staff sign a home school agreement setting out our expectations.  Assemblies on inspirational people reflect this ethos, such as our Martin Luther King Day and the Rosa Parks Bus Assembly. We hold an annual Community Day to celebrate the diversity of our school community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

UNCRC   Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 14 Every child has the right to practice their own religion

               Article 30 Every child has the right to practice their own culture

At Newlands we feature an annual timetable of important religious festivals throughout the year. We also follow Hampshire’s ‘Living Difference’ curriculum for RE. During these learning opportunities we encourage the children to identify similarities between faiths. Diwali, Eid al Futr, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter are examples of festivals that we feature as part of our assemblies and programme of lessons.

Our Religious Education syllabus, Personal, Social, Health and Emotional curriculum and Rights Respecting School initiative reinforce our commitment towards a tolerant society. Members 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.

At Newlands we will actively challenge pupils, staff, parents or anyone in the school community expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.