British Values at Park Junior School School

Park Junior School children remembering those who fought and died in wars

The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."

At Park Junior School these values are reinforced regularly through the concept of our ‘Golden Rules’ (co-operation, responsibility, perseverance, honesty, kindness, respect) and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is embedded within the life of the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Eco Council and Sport Council and Pupil Questionnaires. We have also created our own core values as a school and these are on display around the school – these are qualities we strive to live out each and every day at Park Junior School.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, especially those that the class and the school abide by, is  consistently reinforced by all during every school day. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules and with this comes an understanding  of the  consequences of these being broken. Visits from pillars of the community such as the Police,Fire Service etc. are part of our curriculum and help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, children 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 the children to make safe choices, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. 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 and PSHE lessons. These sessions provide all children with a safe platform from which they can express their views about a range of issues, knowing that these views will be respected and listened to.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and approach revolves around kindness towards all and a set of Core Values such as ‘Respect’. These have been formulated and agreed by the children, all staff and governors. An ethos of mutual respect between all aspects of the school community resonates throughout and is developed at any given opportunity.

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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. The school gives high profile to the range of languages spoken in classes. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Through this work we have gained International School Award.