In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and 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.
Our school rules ensure that all children feel safe and secure and introduced to the British Value 'Rule of law'.
Through a variety of social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) lessons and assemblies children begin to learn about British Values. The children at John T. Rice Infant and Nursery School are taught further British Values through the Jigsaw scheme of work.
The Key British Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At John T. Rice we actively promote British Values through:
- School Council/Eco reps/ librarians/ playground pals and Office Angels are all elected democratically - All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
- Children vote on a range of subjects such as what book to read at story time.
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days
RULE OF LAW
- Our school follows ‘Three School Rules’, which are integral to our learning and ethos
- School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
- Children are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
- Children are regularly reminded about their ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ and about how these are linked.
- Children are encouraged to respect the law and JTR enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message
- Our Behaviour & Regulation policy states a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
- Children take part in simple restorative talks with adults when they have been struggling to follow the school rules.
- Within school, children are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. eg. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
- Children in FS2 and Y1 are encouraged to complete their Rainbow Challenges in class each day, taking responsibility for recording their finished work using an ipad and including their name card.
- Children are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
- Children 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 RSE lessons.
- Vulnerable children are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. Playground pals, school council representatives in each class, eco reps in each class, Office Angels and Eco reps in each class.
MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS
- Respect is one of the core values of our school and is a school rule. Chidlren know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
- Children are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and children are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. e.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our humanities themes. These curriculum themes offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.
- We aim to celebrate our differences through our (soon to be annual!) Diversity Week.
- We focus upon one British Value per half term and assemblies and classes focus upon this.
Have a look at what we have been doing this half term around DEMOCRACY.
Each class has learnt about democracy and what that means for us in Great Britain. We have enjoyed lots of fun activities which have shown us what democracy looks like in our school. Now whenever a decision needs to be made we try to exercise our democratic vote!