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Promoting British Values at Yox Valley Partnership Schools

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, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 PREVENT Strategy (please refer to the attached document), and these values have been reiterated in 2014.  At Waveney Valley Partnership Schools these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

DEMOCRACY

Each year the children decide upon their own class character/rules/code of conduct and the rights associated with these.  All the children contribute to drawing these up.

We have a school council which meets every month and feeds back to the Headteacher.  The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school.  Every child on the school council is voted in by that children and staff of that school.  We hold a full campaigning period cumulating with a Polling Day.

Children are surveyed annually and the results are used by school leaders and managers to help support the formulation of school practice and policy.

THE RULE OF LAW

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Yox Valley Partnership Schools.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school and our expectations.  Pupils 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.  Visits from and to authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

At Yox Valley Partnership Schools, 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 young people to make informed choices, though a safe environment and a empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE work.

MUTUAL RESPECT

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values.  Children learn that their behaviour have an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the school community treat each other with respect.  We have clear expectations in this area and have a robust systems to tackle bullying in any form.

TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS

Yox Valley Partnership Schools is population is largely white British and Christian in composition, we acknowledge that we have a duty to ensure that our pupils are exposed to the rich religious and cultural world outside our own community.  We promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures.  Religious Education lessons and PSHE sessions reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.  The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.