British Values

British Values Curriculum

The British Values have been broken down into the following headings;

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance

Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools

Glodwick Rules

 

At Glodwick we have promised to keep the Glodwick Rules.  We all want to be good citizens. 

One - Always be kind and tell the truth.

Two - Always be polite and listen carefully to your teacher.

Three - Always be gentle.  Do not push and shove.

Four - Always be a friend.

Five - Always follow instructions.

Six - Always think hard.  Do not give up.

Seven - Always be careful in school.  Do not run.

Eight - Always come to school on time.

 

Democracy

Within the early years this is all about making decisions together, it focusses heavenly on children’s self confidence and self awareness- linked to children’s PSE

Our teachers support and encourage children to help them understand that their views count and that they should express them. By encouraging children to express their views it will teach children to values each others and talk about their feelings. With the older children there may be many occasions where children are encouraged to share their views for example when changing the home corner and role play area around the children are asked what they would like to see in there and this is achieved by asking them to put their hands up.

For the younger children teachers support decision making by providing activities that involve turn taking, sharing and collaboration. Children need to be given these opportunities as it will begin to develop their minds and help them understand about why decisions are made.

  • We encourage our learners to become involved in making decisions when they start in our Nursery. They learn about choices and how to become independent.
  • Our Year 1 and Year 2 make up our School Council. The councillors are elected by the children in the classes they represent. Year 2 councillors represent Nursery and Reception classes.  Through this election system the learners are introduced to the voting.
  • We encourage our learners to talk about themselves, their families and their learning. We engage in formal learner consultation annually and take on board the comments and suggestions made.
  • Through our Behaviour Policy we model how perceived injustice can be peacefully and democratically challenged.

Rule of Law

Rule of Law is about understanding rules.  It focuses on managing children’s feelings and behaviour - Linked to children’s PSE.

To help children manage their feelings and behaviours teachers help children understand their own and others behaviours, children need to learn to distinguish right from wrong. We ensure our behaviour management policy is being followed and is consistent; we also use golden rules to reinforce certain behaviour.

For young children it can be hard to teach them about rules, but by being consistent with regards to our behaviour management policy children will begin to learn right from wrong. We also teach the topic theme 'People Who Help Us' this includes teaching children about the police and usually the police visit our school.

A great way to help children fully understanding about rules is to let them be involved in the process of creating the rules eg. rules about tidying up etc.

  • We ensure that our rules in school are clear and fair.
  • We have consistently high expectations for all.
  • We teach the difference between right and wrong.
  • We benefit from visits from the Community Police Officers to help us to understand their role in our school community, our town, Oldham and our country, Britain.
  • We resolve conflicts in a solution focussed way.

Individual Liberty

This is all about children’s freedom for all, it again focuses on children self confidence and self awareness as well as people and communities.

Children need to be encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves, to help achieve this teachers provide opportunities to help children develop their self knowledge, self esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities. This is done by allowing children to take risks indoors and outdoors for example on a climbing frame outdoors, or by mixing colours with paint, an activity that allows children to take that risk will help build those confidence skills.

During every day practice we find time to have small discussions with children about how they feel about certain situations eg. moving on from Nursery ro Reception and from Year 2 to junior school, this discussions allows children to explore the language of feelings and it gives opportunities for children to express themselves and understand that children have different opinions.

  • We support all learners to develop their self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence as part of our continuous curriculum.
  • We encourage all learners to take responsibility for their behaviour and make sure that they understand that when things go wrong it is the chosen behaviour and not the person.
  • We challenge stereotypes through the curriculum, planned activities and resourcing.
  • We implement an anti-bullying culture, ensuring that our learners understand the true definition of bullying and how to respond if a situation arises.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

This concentrates on treating others as you want to be treated; it focuses on people and communities, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships

We as teachers take responsibility to create an environment that is inclusive, it should respect and value views, faiths, cultures and races. It is also important that children are engaged with their wider community. Look at what is around them and actively get involved.

Children should be encouraged to show respect for their own culture and of others, to help support this we learn about celebrations and traditions from different cultures, where appropriate we involve parents and grandparents. Joining in other cultural celebrations is a great way for children to learn and share other customs.

  • We teach our learners that everyone is different and that everyone matters.
  • We teach about culture, religion, ethnicity and disability.
  • We help our learners to build up an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • We challenge prejudice.
  • We challenge discriminatory behaviour.
  • We promote a whole school ethos of respect for individual differences.
  • We have close links with local churches and mosques.
  • We have close links with all of our stakeholders and our school community.
  • We promote respect for diversity and equality.