The Department for Education has reinforced the need for 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. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
Values of Democracy
The children vote for the election of their class school council representatives and these pupils then act as the ‘voice’ of Elm Park Primary. Their job is to help represent the views and opinions of individual class members at the School Council meeting as well as providing information to their class on school improvement matters and whole school initiatives and events. For example the School Council reps worked with their class to agree on equipment to improve lunchtime play – a school trim trail has been created and chosen using our School Council reps.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced regularly in school assemblies, Philosophy 4 Children sessions and PSHE lessons. The children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. There are many rules at Elm Park Primary that the children are made aware of: the anti-bullying and behaviour rules are firmly enforced by the staff at our school and the children adhere to these rules.
Elm Park Primary is a ‘telling’ school so children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise them safely, for example through our OnlineSafety and the School Council.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Elm Park Primary is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures, religious education lessons, curriculum and choice of text, for example; Shakespeare to Benjamin Zephaniah. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places that are important to different faiths.