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British Values Statement

 

The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.

Oakfield Primary School is committed to serving its community.  It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.  It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Oakfield Primary School strives to prepare pupils for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five key British Values are:

·         Democracy

·         The rule of law

·         Individual liberty

·         Mutual respect

·         Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

The school uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways that Oakfield Primary School seeks to instil British Values.

Democracy

Democratically elected school council: children nominate, canvas for votes, attend the ‘polling station’ to vote.

School council members seek out and share the opinions of the children on a wide range of issues.

Pupil voice contributes to relevant decision making.

Pupil questionnaires allow children to feedback to staff.

SEALS and PSHE curriculum.

Assemblies.

The rule of law

School rules are discussed throughout the year during assembly time.

Class rules decided at the start of the academic year in consultation with pupils.

Class behaviour agreement created at the start of the academic year and shared with parents.

Rewards and sanctions shared and understood by all pupils.

Adults consistently use the language of rights, responsibilities, choice and consequence.

Visits into school from Police, Fire Service and PCSOs.

SEALS and PSHE curriculum.

Assemblies.

 

Individual liberty

Anti –bullying policy and procedures in place and used consistently.

Annual Anti-bullying Week.

Consistent application of the Behaviour Policy.

Work of the Pastoral Support Team.

Pupil counsellor available.

Year 6 pupils trained as Peer Pals.

Cyber-bullying and E-Safety covered in all classes.

SEALS and PSHE curriculum.

Assemblies.

Mutual respect

Modelling of behaviour by all adults in school.

Constant reinforcement of rights, rules and responsibilities.

Involvement of parent helpers in school.

RE curriculum.

SEALS and PSHE curriculum.

Assemblies.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Planned RE curriculum.

Celebration of different religious festivals.

Visitors from and visits to places of worship.

Links to St Mary’s Church, Hyde Mosque.

SEALS and PSHE curriculum.

Assemblies.