British Values

The DfE has reinforced their guidance given to schools to ‘actively’ 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, through their provision of the SMSC curriculum. (November 2014).

At Anns Grove, we take our responsibility very seriously to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that our Values Education including the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. Our Values Education including the British Values are threaded through the whole curriculum and every opportunity is taken to reinforce and embed them.

It is especially through our R.E, collective worship, SMSC and PSHE curriculum that we provide excellent opportunities to elaborate and develop the children’s’ understanding.

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At Anns Grove, we promote the British Values in the following ways:

Democracy

Children are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others.  Children are taught to respect the right of individuals to have their voices and opinions heard.  They are taught to discuss issues in a balanced and calm way.

Each year the children review the school rules to ensure that they are still relevant.

The School Council meets regularly and discusses issues raised in class or as a whole school.  Each council member is voted for by their own class.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at Anns Grove.

Pupils are taught from an early age the value of our school rules.  Children are taught the value and the reason behind the rules and the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.  Visits from authorities such as local councillors, Police and the fire service help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Anns Grove, children are actively encouraged to make the right choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.  Children are expected to take responsibility for their own actions and to understand the consequence their actions might have.  We educate and provide boundaries for children to enable them to make informed choices, through a safe and supportive environment.  The understanding of rights and responsibilities are promoted through assemblies, online safety, SMSC (Spirtual, moral,social, cultural).

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is a core value at Anns Grove.  Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance

Anns Grove Primary School is situated in an area that is culturally and socio-economically diverse.  The school recognises its role in preparing children for life in modern Britain.  We actively promote celebrations of different faiths and cultures.  The religious education syllabus is the agreed Sheffield syllabus.  Through RE and personal and social education we reinforce messages of tolerance and respect.

The Curriculum

Staff regularly review the curriculum to ensure that it promotes the areas above.  It also ensures that pupils are taught about key events and figures in history.  Events during the year celebrate culturally diverse occasions and memorable events taking place in the country.

At Anns Grove Primary we will actively challenge children, staff or parents who express opinions that are contrary to fundamental British values including extremists views.