At Ethelbert Road Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council.
In order to reflect the democratic values of our society, we encourage children to value the opinions of their own and this is accomplished through our School Council.
The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes.
Rule of Law
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. These values are reinforced in different ways:
- visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
- during Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
- during other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules – in a sports lesson, for example
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Ethelbert Road Primary School.
Assemblies promote personal qualities and values for life and are central to how we expect everyone to conduct themselves at our school. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way.
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 in our local community. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We are currently looking at being linked to schools in Thailand to learn about their beliefs, faith systems and culture and to share ours with them.
We actively promote the understanding that we are global citizens and encourage the children to learn about the role they can play in ensuring we work together to make our world a better place.