In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
British Values at Blackpool
We aim to actively promote the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs in a variety of ways across out curriculum. Our aim is to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible, respectful and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We recognise that in our position in rural Devon we must take time to celebrate the local community and landscape around us as well as recognising the need to educate our children about the wider British community they also belong to.
Below is an overview of how we learn about British Values in our school. We talk about them every day in our school to ensure our children flourish to become tolerant, respectful and responsible citizens for today and their futures.
Attached is a document that gives some examples of how we find opportunities to explicitly teach British Values at our school.
Exploring British Values
We spent a week exploring in more detail British Values, particularly focusing on how this linked to our school value of respect.
Each class structured their learning around the same questions:
Who am I?
Who are we?
How do we live together?
What the children said:
Rules help us make good behaviour choices and keep people safe – EYFS
Tolerance is the key to meeting new people – Year 6
It is good that we can be different. It would be boring if we were all the same – Year 3
We use democracy when we fill marbles in our class and vote for our class treat.
British Values at Blackpool
Policy for British Values
British Values Guide for Parents
This is what our children say about British Values in our school...
'Rules help us to make good behaviour choices and keep everyone safe.' EYFS
'It is good that we can all be different. It would be boring if we were all the same.' Year 1
'We have rules for our Jigsaw Charter for PSHE lessons.' Year 2
'Respect is important because it shows us people are listening.' Year 3
'Democracy allows everyone to be heard and have a voice. It is important to feel equal.' Year 4
'We have chances to disagree with other people's opinions, but we must speak with respect.' Year 5
'Tolerance is the key to meeting new people.' Year 6