The DfE have reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
These are values that have a central place in the way our children learn and in the content of our curriculum at Gaddesden Row. Our PSHE curriculum dedicates a half term each year for all children to learn about the British Values.
However, this is only a small part of what happens at our school!
- The children learn about, and practise, democracy through visits (to the Houses of Parliament) and visitors, through having their own voices heard, and voting for what happens in their school.
- We learn about the importance of laws in the class, the school and the wider community, through the exercise of a fair behaviour policy and opportunities for discussion in PSHE and assemblies.
- Children at our school are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, and this way develop their understanding of individual liberty. They learn about rights and personal freedoms and the responsibilities that come with choice.
- Our behaviour policy is built around the need for all members of the community to show respect to each other; we use restorative principles in the way adults interact with children.
- Our PSHE and RE curricula seek to enhance pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, along with discussions, visits, visitors and the modelling of a tolerant and accepting attitude.