Promoting British Values at Lockerley C. of E. Primary School
The DFE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs".
The Government set out is definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year. At Lockerley C. of E. Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Children at Lockerley play an ever increasing role in school leadership. We have a school council from YR-Y6 which meets regularly to discuss issues pertinent to school. The council represent the voice of pupils within Lockerley and is able to effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class. This year the council will account for their actions and decisions by giving a report to governors. In addition, each house within the school is represented by two House Captains voted for via a house ballot box following an election style ‘hustings’. The House Captains represent their house and carry out a variety of responsibilities throughout the year.
Pupil voice is also seen with children being chosen to be Play Leaders, Office Duty Support, School Librarians and Playground Buddies. Children learn that, together with the right to ensure the views of children are integral to our school life and curriculum, they have the responsibility to carry out their role with integrity.
Annually, the children collectively decide what actions are acceptable in their classrooms. This enables them to hold others to account for inappropriate actions, in direct contrast to rules which would be imposed on them. This is based on the Themes and Values agenda that underpins our school philosophy.
Through our curriculum children are taught about, and encouraged to respect, public institutions and services. One example of this is where children in Y1, Y4 and Y5 take part in the Hampshire Picture Book, Information Book and Illustrated Books awards when they discuss the merits of each of the shortlisted books and collectively vote for the ones that Lockerley C. of E. Primary would like to win.
Pupils are selected at random for pupil conferencing meetings with members of the senior leadership team to seek their views and opinions on a range of school and community issues. The pupils in Y2 and Y6 also take part in the Hampshire "What do I think" survey.
All children contribute to the pupil survey at the end of the year. Some children are selected throughout the year by subject leaders and by the headteacher.
Year R parents have ‘Tapestry’ where they are able to make comments.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced at Lockerley.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules and values of the school through the class discussion, collective worships, school behaviour policy, home school agreement, e-safety talks and everyday life modelled by the staff. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Lockerley pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PHSE work.
Lockerley has a robust anti-bullying culture and behaviour and safety policies in place; these are consistently adhered to by all stakeholders of Lockerley C. of E. Primary School on an ongoing basis.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is specifically reinforced through school systems such as YR / Y6 buddies.
This year Lockerley is looking to provide further opportunities for the children to visit places of significant cultural interest and places of worship. We actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school. Resources linked to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism are used to develop children's understanding of different faiths.
The school supports a variety of charities each year and plan fundraising and awareness raising activities to support those charities.