The Department for Education has reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of which there are four; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We promote British Values within the ethos of the school at Dulverton and it is an area of focus within the timetable. All curriculum areas provide an opportunity to enhance the understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, SMSC and focus on our Golden Rules lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Different faiths and beliefs are further explored at Dulverton through the promotion of World Week and the learning which evolves from multicultural topics and dual language texts. It is also visited through R.E lessons and assemblies.
We further promote these values across our broad, balanced and developing curriculum, through our own values (which were elected through School Council) of which there are six (one per half term):
1) Safe Environment
6) Love for Learning
Each week every class focusses on a ‘values’ objective linked to one of the values which ties in to the children’s learning that week. For example; To work collaboratively as a team member’.
Democracy is celebrated and promoted at Dulverton Primary through the election of school council members, who were elected by the pupils of each class and pupil voice is expressed within the classroom and reported back to the school council member to participate proactively in the meetings. Individual lessons are being taught surrounding democracy and a focus on the recent elections and the EU referendum has heightened the children’s understanding. The children are part of a team across the school, of which there are four; Willersley, Hollyoak, Avery and Penhill and they work together to earn rewards (which they voted on at the beginning of the year) every half term. At Dulverton, we pride ourselves on the involvement of pupil voice to heighten learning experiences and provide meaningful feedback to each child about their learning. Also the Year 6 Dulverton candidates for House Captains give a speech as to why they should be elected and all children, from Reception to Year 6, vote for their chosen representative.
Rule Of Law
At Dulverton, children understand their involvement in following rules and laws around the school and in their wider community. Our aim is to equip the children for life outside of Dulverton in the wider world and this the children respond very well too. Our children are taught from an early age the rules of the school through our Golden Rules and high expectations. Children 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. We have welcomed visits from local Police and to ‘Junior Citizen’ to help to reinforce this and where possible, Year 6 plan to visit the Houses of Parliament to learn about where the laws are passed. Year 6 also create manifestos and their own political parties by arriving at a consensus over their campaign pledges.
As a school we provide boundaries for pupils and educate them to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons and assemblies. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is embodied in our core values and pupils learn how and why they need to show respect for others’ beliefs cultures and wellbeing through the curriculum including PSHE. Pupils show respect and consideration towards others, through their words and actions. They also learn to show respect for their environment, property and resources. Pupils are aware of dangerous behaviour and act appropriately to ensure the well-being of everyone.
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 through the curriculum to experience such diversity. The children learn that they are part of the community of their family, the school family, the local and wider communities. We celebrate our cultural diversity and that by working together we are stronger. The RE curriculum teaches the children about other world faiths and assemblies celebrate festivals from other faiths. Assemblies and discussions involving tackling prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.