In accordance with The Department for Education, we aim to promote British values in school so that young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. At Jubilee Primary School pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance; they should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. These values were set out by The Government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014.
Jubilee Primary School actively promoting British values through:
- Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values.
- Modelling values through what we say and do.
- Teaching British Values explicitly and implicitly through our curriculum and Collective Worship.
The Key British Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
How Jubilee Primary School teaches British Values
These values are applied across all areas of the wider curriculum so that all pupils, regardless of background or disadvantage, should develop a strong sense of purpose, understanding citizenship and taking responsibility for their local and global communities. We strive to involve all parents/carers in both their children’s education and in the wider school community that extends beyond the school boundaries, constructing an inclusive environment that carries forward beyond the limits of their own children’s attendance with us.
Through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision we would:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working within our local community and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- extend tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own cultures and those of others;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Understanding and knowledge pupils are expected to learn include:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be respected and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination It is not necessary for schools or individuals to ‘promote’ teachings, beliefs or opinions that conflict with their own, but nor is it acceptable for schools to promote discrimination against people or groups on the basis of their belief, opinion or background;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
Actions taken to promote British values
- Include in suitable parts of the curriculum - as appropriate for the age of pupils - material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.
- Ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes through our Junior Leadership Team whose members are voted for by the pupils.
- Use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.
- Consider the role of extra-curricular activity, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British values.