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At Christ Church Primary, in accordance with The Department for Education, we actively promote British Values to ensure our young people leave school prepared for the richness and diversity of life in modern Britain. 

 

The Key Values are:

•    democracy
•    rule of law
•    individual liberty
•    mutual respect
•    tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs 

 

Preparing children for 'living and learning' together in modern Britain has a significant place within all we do. Our country's values are closely aligned to our own school Christian vision. At Christ Church Primary we develop and deepen children's understanding of British Values throughout our curriculum, wider learning opportunities, discussions and literature, ethos, times of collective worship and learning environment so that they have a meaningful understanding and firm foundation on which to build their lives.

 

Direct links are made between our school policies and values and the values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faith and beliefs.  At Christ Church Primary children actively develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


We strongly believe in the importance of teaching our children 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. 

 

We promote British Values in the following ways:

 

Democracy 

  • Providing pupils with a broad general knowledge of and promote respect for public institutions and services 

  • Teaching pupils how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process 

  • Teaching pupils how democracy, leadership and the works in Britain contrast to other forms of governments in other countries 

  • Team Rep elections, including ‘live’ counting of results, to actively promote the democratic process 

  • A Team Rep for each class, ensuring that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to 

  • Junior Leadership Team and Team Rep meetings 

  • ‘Breaktime Buddy’ elections 

  • House Captain and Vice-Captain elections 

  • Team Times throughout the week where pupils can express views freely and without fear of discrimination  

  • Participation in the annual debate at Dudley Council House 

  • Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher seek pupil views during ‘Friday readers’ 

  • Governors seek views and opinions of pupils 

  • Teaching many skills for democracy through our ‘Learning to Learn’ curriculum, including the capacities collaboration and listening and empathy 

 

Rule of Law 

  • School rules are consistent from Nursery to Year 6; all children and parents know and understand our school rules 

  • Excellent teaching throughout the year, and in particular, during Induction, of good and bad choices, rewards and consequences for actions, enabling pupils to understand the difference of right and wrong 

  • Rules, rewards and consequences are applied consistently by all members of staff 

  • Knowledge that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety 

  • Opportunities for every child to be a volunteer and take more responsibility as an active citizen of the school community 

 

Individual Liberty 

  • Teaching skills for independent thinking and learning through our ‘Learning to Learn’ curriculum, including the capacities interdependence and questioning 

  • Teaching and supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence 

  • A strong anti-bullying culture with trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors as a voice for all pupils 

  • Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights 

  • Modelling freedom of speech through pupil participation and pupil debates 

  • Challenging stereotypes 

  • Promoting and raising awareness of the needs of others through planned charity work 

  • Praise assemblies celebrating the unique talents and achievements of members of the school community 

  • Competitive and non-competitive sporting opportunities giving pupils the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be, develop sportsmanship capacities and celebrate the achievement of others 

 

Mutual respect and the tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs 

  • We welcome all regardless of faith, culture or beliefs and promote respect for individual differences 

  • An open and safe learning environment in which pupils can express their views, seek help and help others 

  • Christian values at the heart of all we do 

  • Our ‘Golden Book’ celebrates those who are role models for respect 

  • Inclusive collective worship 

  • Team Times throughout each week and the opportunity to share and respect views of others 

  • ‘No hands up’ culture ensuring all can be heard and listened to 

  • Learning Journey books and resources reflecting diversity of life in modern Britain and provide pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience 

  • Planned opportunities within the curriculum to promote all forms of equality and to foster greater understanding of and respect for people of all faiths (and those with no faith) 

  • Images reflecting the diversity of modern Britain across school, including displays and books 

  • A strong anti-bullying culture with trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors as a voice for all pupils 

  • Challenging prejudicial and discriminatory behaviour 

  • ‘Perfect Partners’ in every class, ensuring all are listened to and promoting respect and tolerance of others’ views 

  • Use of ‘Picture News’ and ‘Big Questions’ to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to question, discuss and debate current affairs 

 

Equality 

  • We welcome and strive for excellence and equality for all 

  • Clear and strategic equality objectives 

  • High levels of support and tailored intervention for SEND pupils 

  • Targeting Pupil Premium funding effectively 

  • Monitoring and evaluating progress and attainment for all groups of learners so that all groups achieve well 

  • Monitoring and evaluating equality of opportunity in terms of school provision (for example, music lessons, participation in sporting activities) and extra-curricular opportunities 

  • Subsidising educational visits, including residential trips 

  • Offering extra-curricular activities at a subsidised rate so that pupils can access a range of new activities and experiences 

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