Teaching British Values
At Foxfields, British Values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the pupils will decide upon their class rules and the rights and responsibilities associated with these.
Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have an elected Student Council that has the opportunity to meet the Leadership Team once a term. All pupils have the opportunity to talk to Senior staff on a regular basis and use these occasions to share their views.
Democracy is explained in assembly and older pupils are encouraged to follow any current political issues.
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 regular school days and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that these involve and the consequences when laws are broken.
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 pupils 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 are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Assemblies regularly cover ‘Respect’ and pupils are involved in discussions related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. When a child does something well, their achievement is celebrated within assemblies.
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 to experience such diversity. Themed days are planned throughout the year, to make sure that students are able to understand what life is like in different cultures.
As part of our British Values and SMSC focus, we subscribe to participate in Picture News.
Each week Picture News selects a current news story, they turn it into a vibrant A2 poster with a thought-provoking question and provide a learning plan with strong links to British Values. Within the weekly resources we have access to focus cards, a weekly newspaper and an engaging PowerPoint. Our Picture News resources are displayed in every classroom to help our pupils interact with key news events. The A2 poster and class work is shared weekly on our British Values display board.