At Libra we strive to promote and teach pupils about British Values as laid out by Ofsted’s guidance in September 2014 and we take into account the current Teacher Standards Part Two: Personal and Professional Conduct.
- Rule of law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These British Values are taught explicitly through SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship, they are also embedded in our school Schemes of Work and Planning throughout the rest of our curriculum. Our relevant policies on Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development including British Values as well as Equality, Confidentiality, Dignity and Respect together with our Cultural, Religious, Language, Racial Diversity Policy support our focus and work in this area.
In addition to our curriculum, we promote British values through:
- Regular assemblies with a focus on respecting children’s rights whilst at the same time broadening the children’s understanding of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
- Working and collaboration with Skillsforce
- Our active and elected school council – which covers all Key Stages
- Our Behaviour and School Rules document/poster that is around the school and also contained within our Parent/Carer Handbook which is supplied to Parents/Carers to assist us in our strategies
- Home School Agreement
This year we will build on this work through:
- Continuing to develop children’s understanding through an active and exciting programme of assemblies
- Developing the concept of the outdoor classroom with staff skilled in this area
- Developing the work of the school council to provide a stronger and more involved voice
Democracy is widespread within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Questionnaires. Libra’s Promoting Positive Behaviour and Relationships Policy involves children in identifying their own behaviour targets and strategies. Libra also emphasises its commitment to equal rights and privileges, details of which can be found in our Equality Policy and within Job Descriptions.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently and fairly applied and enforced throughout the school day and through school assemblies – see our ‘Extra Curricular Timetable’, and encourage good behaviour – refer to our Promoting Positive Behaviours and Relationships Policy. Pupils are taught our school values through regular tutor sessions and on their target documents. Pupils understand why we have laws, that they are there to help us and keep us safe and the consequences when laws are broken. Our Home School Agreement also ensures that parents and carers of our pupils re-inforce our expectations of parents and pupils, pupils’ classroom behaviour and out of class conduct, both parents/carers and pupils sign this document in agreement. Further details are also contained within our Parent/Carer Guide where Parents and Carers are able to familiarise themselves with our Behaviour and School Learning Rules to assist us in promoting these areas to our pupils.
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 enjoy activities even those that involve risk, to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe manner, for example through our ICT (incorporating E-Safety) and PSHE lessons, through friendship decisions and through extra-curricular preferences and a wide range of outdoor/offsite learning experiences. Details can be found in our Children’s Rights Policy. Pupils are actively encouraged to express views and opinions in lessons in a formative and appropriate manner. Marking and feedback and homework are set with clear boundaries, which are explained clearly to pupils and staff.
Part of our ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as Respect’, and pupils take part in discussions in assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. All members of the school community are encouraged to show each other respect. Respect forms the basis of the main Golden Time reward programme and this is reiterated through our School Learning Rules (the Rules are also forwarded to Parents/Carers for them to assist us in promoting this guidance), as well as our Promoting Positive Behaviour and Relationships and Confidentiality, Dignity and Respect Policy. The requirement of a school uniform (refer to our School Uniform Policy) and Staff Dress Code Policy which are developed with the School Council.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions examine prejudice-based bullying and are supported by learning in PSHE and Citizenship and indeed in all subjects in response to items raised through the daily news. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school through our assembly programme. Libra’s School Learning School Rules re-iterate the need to respect others; these rules are also forwarded to Parents/Carers to assist in promoting good behaviour, tolerance and respect.