At Branston C of E Infant Academy we celebrate and promote British Values as part of our whole school values and ethos and as part of children's 'spiritual, moral, social and cultural' (SMSC) development. The Department for Education state that there is a 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Branston C of E Infant Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
- We regularly demonstrate the democratic process of voting in school, for example, each week every child in our school votes for which story will be read by Mrs Cook in worship.
- Each Year we elect a new school council who are responsible for representing and sharing the views of all the pupils and actively improving our school together. The councillors are voted in by their classmates and represent the processes of government within Britain.
- Each Year we also elect children for the following roles; Awe & Wonder Council, Reading Ambassadors and Sports Crew. These children represent the school throughout the year both within school and externally at events and visits.
- All children in school are given the opportunity to take on one of these roles, including pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
- Our pupil councils represent children from the full demographic of our school.
RULE OF LAW
- At the start of every school year, children and staff work together to create their own class charter which they all agree on and agree to follow together. They do this by adding their name to the charter.
- Children and staff at Branston C of E Infant Academy understand their rights and responsibilities both within our school and in the wider world. We teach and remind children of this through our worship programme.
- The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour.
- Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
- At Branston C of E Infant Academy we understand the importance of a safe and supportive environment. Our environment strives to be 'inclusive by design' and a place where all our children feel safe and happy to learn.
- We learn about how to stay safe through our lessons (including RSE and PSHE), collective worships and e-safety lessons.
- We engage in programmes such as NSPCC 'Speak Out Stay Safe' and 'Talk Pants', to ensure our children have the knowledge to both know and understand when they should seek help and speak out.
- In EYFS, children are given the freedom of choice to select which challenges they want to participate in.
- Pupils are given the freedom to pick which clubs they would like to attend and it is their responsibility to attend these regularly. Our 'Rainbow Of Opportunity' is available to all children and is highly influenced by the needs and interest of the children.
- In lessons, pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and pick their own levels of challenge to stretch themselves further. In maths, they are supported with our 'Not Yeti' mascot, who encourages children to develop a growth mindset!
- Pupils at Branston C of E Infant Academy lead prayer in whole school and class collective worships.
- Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their learning.
MUTUAL RESPECT & TOLERANCE
- One of our core Christian values is RESPECT and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
- Families are also invited to share how children live out this value at home. These thoughts are displayed in school.
- Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
- We celebrate diversity and use a 'mirrors and windows' approach so that children see both themselves and others reflected in the curriculum content they receive and in the books they have access to. For example, our weekly story choice themes this year have celebrated LGBTQ+, Pride, International Women's Day, Black History Month and Deaf Awareness, to name but a few!
- We follow our own school rules and the rules of law.
- We practise the skills of respect and tolerance in all of our lessons and develop them further on school visits.
- We learn about and celebrate events in the calendars of different faiths.
- As part of developing our understanding we visit places of worship and meet with people of different faiths in order to further develop our understanding.
- We learn about the wider life of Britain outside of our own locality and community.