Amotherby CP School Vision and Aims
Amotherby Community Primary School :
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, mutual respect and tolerance of these with different faiths and beliefs.
The Government set out its definition of British Values in 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated this year( Academic Year 2014-2015).
At Amotherby CP School these Values are reinforced regularly examples of which can be seen in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded in the school by pupil voice being given the highest priority. At the beginning of each new academic year the children are involved in writing a code of conduct for their class which sets out clear expectations about behaviour, respect of each other and the learning environment. From Year 1 - Year 6 each class votes for 2 children to represent their class on the School Council. Our Year 6 children visit London in their last term at school with a trip to the Houses of Parliament where they meet their local MP.
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, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school collective worship. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within all aspects of 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 young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
This is a fundamental part of our school ethos and our behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters designed by the children around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules.
Tolerance of these with 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. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Through our RE curriculum, which teachers the main faiths and focuses upon learning about religion and learning from religion, we promote tolerance of the beliefs of others.