British Values at Swinefleet
At Swinefleet we recognise the importance of everybody understanding what British Values are. We do this in lots of different ways.
We hold regular assemblies and collective worship sessions which explore the faiths of communities who are part of the British Isles and the world.
We host guest speakers who help us to explore the values of our society like democracy and the rule of law.
Andrew Percy MP
Helping the children to understand the importance of British values is an important aspect of our work in schools. To help our children we invited the Honourable Andrew Percy MP to school to explain about
The children carried out research in to parliament and our democratic system and found a range of interesting facts such as;
We live in a parliamentary democracy which means we get a chance to vote for our MPs.
Be The Best
Our Be the Best that We Can Be programme helped all the children to understand the importance of trying their best, being part of a team and wanting to succeed in life.
To launch the programme we took all the children to Reedness Primary School where Brendan Reilly an Olympic high jumper inspired the children with his talk of his achievements.
He spent time in the classrooms as the children thought about what their dreams were for the future.
It was a truly inspiring morning and all the children are keen to show how they can Be the Best! We have built on this experience and every week we have an inspiring Be the Best Assembly when the children can share their successes and achievements for that week.
British Values Statement
All schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Publicly funded schools are required to promote community cohesion.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy; Government guidance was also updated in July 2015.
The DfE has 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 Swinefleet Primary School we work hard to ensure these values are firmly embedded in our school culture and are reinforced regularly.
The School Council at Swinefleet Primary School plays an active part in the school community. Every child on the school council is voted in by their peers. There are two representatives from each House Team. The School Council meets regularly and organises events for our whole school community, e.g. fundraising for deserving charities and for our school. They also think carefully about how we can reduce our carbon footprint and save money for the school!
Within our creative curriculum our children are taught about and encouraged to respect public institutions. The school hosts visitors from the local community and we visit places in our local area such as Swinefleet Church, Village Hall and the War Memorial.
The Rule of Law
At Swinefleet Primary School the importance of laws are held in high regard. This includes both those that govern our classrooms, school life or our country.
In each class, our children are all included in the decision making process to draw up class rules. These rules enable our children to work together effectively. We teach the values and reasons behind our school rules, help children understand their roles and responsibilities in keeping our rules and the consequences when rules are broken.
Swinefleet Primary School does not tolerate bullying in any form and we promote a strict and robust anti-bullying culture. The nature of our small school means we know all the children very well and any issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Our positive behaviour strategy is used and enforced by all adults in our school and our behaviour and discipline policy is regularly reviewed and updated. This allows our children to feel safe and secure at school.
We encourage children to make individual choices and aim to give them the right and power to act, behave or express themselves in a manner of their own choosing. We demonstrate this through our e-safety and PSHE&C.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school ethos embraces mutual respect and children are actively taught that their behaviours can affect their own rights and those of others. Our entire school community understands that all members are expected to treat each other with respect.
Swinefleet Primary School regularly visits the local village church for Christmas, Harvest and occasions throughout the year. We are lucky to welcome a variety of visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.
All children in school actively become involved in supporting a variety of charities throughout the school year. For example Children in Need, Mission Trinity Goole and Guide Dogs for the blind.