Promoting British Values.
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.”
At Ramsgate Holy Trinity C.E. (A.) Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Ramsgate Holy Trinity C.E. (A.) Primary School, we encourage the children to consider class and school rules and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school Worship. 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. As appropriate, visits from various authorities help to reinforce these messages.
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 make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and 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 lessons, ‘The ‘Big Question’ in English lessons as well as School Council discussion time. Whether it be through choice of learning challenges, of how they record individual topic work, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular activities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Christian School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values to care, learn and forgive. 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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Our RE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
We recognise great British events such as Royal Jubilee, Royal weddings and Remembrance events.
On a more general level, the school acts of Worship uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school day.