Promoting Fundamental British Values.
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 are not taught as a separate subject, but are interwoven into our values and our curriculum. We also ensure that each term starts with a British Value assembly to ensure that British Values are at the heart of what we do. We ensure our children embody British Values and realise that these are an essential quality to have.
These values will be reinforced at GEMS Wantage Primary Academy in the following ways:
Pupil voice is of upmost importance at GEMS Wantage Primary Academy. Pupils will have the opportunity to have their voices heard through decisions made by the the School Council who will be democratically voted in by their classes.
The rule of law
The importance of rules and laws are comprehensive throughout the curriculum. These laws and rules that support class, school or country are reinforced through learning in PHSE, through regular assemblies and whole school themes. Our children will understand that actions have consequences and it is their responsibility to behave in the right way and to make the right choices.
Pupils at GEMS learn in a safe, secure and nurturing environment. They know their boundaries and are encouraged to make choices safely. They are not afraid to answer questions and will stand up for what they believe in. Lessons encourage children to work in a group and have their say. They are happy to agree and disagree with their peers and give reasons why. Our pupils have the freedom to choose from a number of extra curricular activities. Our E-safety and PSHE curriculum will allow the children to express themselves and make choices safely.
Our behaviour policy encourages children to respect themselves and others and to work as a team. The concept is discussed in PSHE and RE lessons.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is promoted through every aspect of school life. PSHE and RE lessons equip children with an understanding of different faiths and beliefs and the values which different religions hold. Children will be taught to respect each other and welcome differences and learn from them.
Our school council will represent pupils from across the student body (Reception - Year 2), ensuring that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to. They will demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes within the school council whose members are voted for by pupils
We will use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote the fundamental British values, and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view