In November 2014, the Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. At Parkland Junior School we aim to ensure our whole school community reflects a strong moral and social responsibility. We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect & tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We would like to share with our parents/carers and community how we promote these fundamental British values.
Termly Themes and Weekly Assemblies
In addition to ongoing practices and planned links to the curriculum, the Parkland Federation schools have a joint focus on a theme each term. The Newsletter will share this with parents and there is a weekly assembly based around the theme.
|Term 1||Rules and Laws - focus within the school itself including a reinforcement of the Golden Rules.|
|Term 2||Rules and Laws - focus beyond the school including a focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Linked to Universal Children’s Day 20th November.
|Term 3||A focus on Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Linked to Martin Luther King Day 18th January, World Holocaust Day 27th January, e-safety day 9th February
|Term 4||A further focus on mutual respect
Linked to UN week of solidarity with people struggling against racism in March, Show Racism The Red Card, International Women's Day March 8th
|Term 5||A focus on Individual Liberty
Linked to International Day of Families 15th May
|Term 6||A focus on Democracy
Linked to Nelson Mandela International Day July 18th
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Parkland Junior School. Democracy is central to how we operate.
An example of this is our School Council. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. Pupils put themselves forward and members of the class consider the candidates' election speeches. The class members then participate in a confidential ballot. There are two representatives from each class and the School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised; for example, safety around the school, fundraising for charity and the spending of some school funds. School Council members are actively involved in interviewing prospective staff and feeding back to governors. We also have a Parent Council who meet every term to discuss their views and present The Parent Voice.
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinion and voice heard. Regular pupil voice sessions are an integral part of every area of the curriculum.
Rules and Laws
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. Throughout the school year, each class discusses our Golden Rules and the importance of them. These rules are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
In addition, every class creates a class charter which both reinforces the Golden Rules and gives the chance to focus on additional rules that the class wish to introduce.
Pupils are taught that, while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in Britain are subject to its law. They 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. These values are reinforced in different ways during the year:
- Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service;
- Religious Education, when rules and traditions for particular faiths are thought about and discussed;
- Other school subjects where there is respect and appreciation for different rules - in a PE lesson, on school trips, during Golden Time etc.
- As a school we highlight the importance of “One World-Our World”. There is a planned annual focus on the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Our core values are ASPIRATIONS, CURIOSITY & CREATIVITY and alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully ask questions, express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and education, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely. For example:
- Choices about the learning challenge or activity;
- Choices about how they record their learning;
- Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities;
- Choices (through School Council) about how to improve the school
- Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PSHCE lessons.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths & Beliefs
At Parkland Junior School we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. We are aware that our school does not reflect the true rich diversity of Britain as a whole. We therefore have to ensure a strong focus on ensuring our children gain a true awareness of the importance of mutual respect and tolerance within a multicultural society. Mutual respect is a big part of our Aims and Values and we have strong links with local charitable and Christian organisations. In addition we are actively seeking stronger links with non-Christian faith groups and our curriculum is designed to promote global diversity e.g a range of studies on non-western cultures.
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, whether it is a school resource, a religious belief or anything else. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with tolerance and respect.