Promoting Fundamental British Values
British Values play an important role at Whitemoor and we aim to actively promote them, ensuring our pupils leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
The key values are:
• Rule of Law
• Individual Liberty
• Mutual Respect
• Tolerance (of those with different faiths and beliefs)
The term ‘British Values’ might be slightly misleading in that these values are integral to so many countries throughout the world.
These values underpin our 'Dare to Be Different' ethos and are promoted in so much of what we do, not least as part of our 'RESPECT' curriculum, which explicitly teaches character from EYFS upwards. More information about this can be found below:
School assemblies, Religious Education lessons and PSHE Education lessons are some of our other key drivers in this area.
As well as actively promoting British Values, the opposite also applies; we would challenge pupils, staff or parents/carers should they express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. This is in line with our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Below are just a few examples of how we promote British Values in school:
We actively encourage democracy at Whitemoor and our children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. For example, we have a successful school council which meets regularly to discuss how to improve the school, with council members for each year group voted in by their class and able to genuinely effect change. The relevance and importance of laws; those that are set to govern our classrooms, the school, or indeed our country, are consistently reinforced within school.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws; whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country; are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies. Children 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.
At Whitemoor, pupils are able to make independent decisions; knowing that they do so in a safe, secure and supportive environment. We allow children to make informed choices as a result of an informed and balanced education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these appropriately (for example through their PSHE Education).
Respect is at the core of our Take Care ethos and is modelled by pupils and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. We foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum (for example we teach the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE and Sport).
Tolerance (of those with different faiths and beliefs)
As a school situated in a diverse community and city, Whitemoor is committed to celebrating different beliefs and faiths. Our RE curriculum, together with a wealth of off-site visits, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.