Southborough C of E Primary School

BRITISH VALUES

British values at Southborough

Our curiculum follows the Government requirements 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."

Throughout the academic year the following values are being introduced and explored by staff and pupils alike.

Democracy

Democracy is alive within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the Pupil Parliament and pupil questionnaires. The election of class MPPs (Members of Pupil Parliament) and school prefects has been carried out in a democratic manner, with the winners of both based on the votes of the children in our school.

Election day, Thursday 20th October:

The Junior hall was set up as a polling station, and throughout the afternoon, every child in every class got their chance to cast their vote for who they wanted on our school prefect team. An exciting democractic journey was had by all!

 

"It was realy good to have a say about something going on in our school and for a decision not to be made for us."

"It is scary to think what it would be like if we didn't have democracy!" 

The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law is extremely prominent; day to day we follow rules which keep us safe and protect our well-being . Pupils know when to put hands up and listen to others, and to keep unkind words to ourselves.

CHildren also know that when they leave school at the end of the day, there are laws and rules in place to protect them from harm, and keep our society safe.

"Laws are important as they keep us safe- it is important to follow them."

"Without laws, there would be chaos!"

Individual Liberty

Individual Liberty is all about us being actively encouraged to make choices in a safe and supportive environment. Children know they can exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and talk about many issues through our E-safety and PHSE lessons. They are given many choices in school and have a strong puil voice.

"We all have the right to speak our mind- that is individual liberty in a democracy."

"I think it is important that we listen to each other, and what they think, because it could help us make up our own minds."

Mutual Respect

In our school, we all know what it means to show 'respect'. Children often talk about showing respect to each other and adults, and know they should show respect outside of school, whether in sporting competitions, or to people they meet in the wider community. Children also promote respect for others in our school, which is reiterated through our classroom and school rules.

"It is important to respect each other- we are all different, and that is what makes us unique!"

" I get on well with my friends because we are different and that is good- we like similiar stuff but can still hae our differences and be friends."

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We talk about treating those with different faiths and beliefs in the same way as we would want to be treated ourselves. We understand that we live in a culturally diverse society, and through different lessons and assemblies, we focus on prejudices; we encourage members of different faiths and beliefs to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

"We learn about different religions in RE, which is good because then we can understand people of those faiths."

"I find it exciting to learn about different cultures and how they are all different from us- but it is also good to see what we all share as well."

 

Local councillor visit and general election 2017

  Local councillor visit:

   We were really lucky to have a local councillor, Peter Oakford, come and visit and talk to us in assembly. He talked about everything
related to the election and really helped us understand how the process works. His talk included explaining the structure in local elections, and how these are very similar to the main general elections. We learnt that the process involves canvassing for votes, and parties sharing what they call their manifesto (what they want to achieve if voted for). He then explained how on voting day people go to polling stations
and cast their vote (though in local elections this can be a small percentage of those able to vote). We also learnt that people try to predict
the outcome of the vote using an exit poll, by asking who you voted for to get an idea- although you don’t have to say. It was really fascinating to learn all this from the perspective of someone who has personally experienced standing in an election. We really appreciated him spending his time with us, sharing his experiences and answering some really tough questions; and who knows, maybe one day some of us can ourselves become either councillors or politicians.