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British Values at Aragon Primary School

At Aragon Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:

 

  • ·         democracy
  • ·         rule of law
  • ·         individual liberty
  • ·         mutual respect
  • ·         tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

These values are taught explicitly through our Rights, Respecting Schools (RRS) and R.E. curriculums, and through planning and delivering a broad and balanced creative curriculum. The school also takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through a programme of values themed assemblies and through school structures and systems such as the School Council, Room 13 and Playground Pals. The termly Governors’ Awards are awarded to children who consistently demonstrate positive values and excellent learning attitudes.

As well as actively promoting British values we also challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

The British values we promote are not unique to Britain. We acknowledge that they often differ in no way from the values of the many countries and cultural backgrounds represented by families at Aragon.

Below are just a few examples of how we promote British values. The first section is a general overview; the others are specific expectations set out by Ofsted.

 

BEING PART OF BRITAIN

As a school we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody in the school community. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival and Christmas. We value and celebrate national events such as the birth of the Royal princess.

Children also learn about being part of Britain from a geographical and historical perspective. From the EYFS to Year 6, children are encouraged to consider Britain’s place in the world, learning about its capital cities, its features and people, and where it is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries. Through the new NC, children learn about significant periods of British history and how the past has moulded and influenced our country as the place we know today.

 

DEMOCRACY

Democracy is an important value at our school. Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voice to be heard at Aragon Primary.

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the class and school councils. The election of members of the council is based on pupil votes. Made up of two representatives from each class from Y2-Y6, the School Council meets regularly to discuss school issues and those raised by individual classes. The School Council at Aragon is a force to be reckoned with. Recently they organised and ran a school wide ‘Big Workout’ in aid of the NSPCC. Through their encouragement and enthusiasm they inspired the school to raise over £3,000 for the charity!

In addition, all children contribute to drawing up their class charter. They discuss and agree on their responsibilities and rights in line with the UN Charter of Children’s rights.

The children also have opportunities to feedback their ideas and opinions through school questionnaires. At the end of each academic year, the children have the opportunity to respond and reflect on the teaching and learning in their year group. A recent focus on reading in the school also sought the children’s (and parental) opinions on their reading likes and dislikes.

Pupils are always listened to by adults and their thoughts and comments taken seriously. In turn, we encourage children to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.

Parents are encouraged to approach teachers and the SLT with any questions and ideas they may have. Twice yearly Parent- teacher conferences and a summer open day give parents and carers the opportunity to talk about their children’s learning. Parental opinion is often sought through parental questionnaires, such as the recent reading survey. Parental involvement in the PTA is encouraged and ensures continued success in our school community events such as the Christmas and summer fairs.

 

THE RULE OF LAW

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our behaviour policy is upheld by all staff and if children are given verbal warnings, this is always set against the school vision of rights and responsibilities and our 5 ‘Great Expectations’.

Children identify which aspects of the Great Expectations they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws: that they govern and protect us. There are opportunities to discuss our responsibilities in upholding rules and laws and the consequences when they are broken. Visits from the authorities such as the police, fire service etc. help reinforce this message.

To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have many reward systems within the school.

We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of their class, year group and other year groups. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas but for behaviour and for exhibiting excellent learning values.

Rewards are given in the form of stickers, certificates, messages home, house points and tokens. The house system enables children’s efforts to contribute to the wider school community and half termly ‘team treats’ are highly valued by everyone. Children’s individual and class achievements are also recognised in weekly Achievements Assemblies.

 

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for the children to make choices safely. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise them safely and responsibly. This is particularly important in this increasingly technological world and we have an extensive online safety teaching programme.

 

MUTUAL RESPECT

Our third Great Expectation states that we show respect and consideration for all, and as a Rights Respecting school, we spend time thinking and talking about how to show respect for everyone’s rights. This determines how we live as a community at Aragon.  Children are taught that their behaviour choices have an effect on their rights and those of others. We share in the highs and lows of everyone in our school and respect and recognise our differences and similarities.

 

TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS

This is primarily achieved through enhancing children’s knowledge and understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We give them opportunities to experience such diversity through our curriculum and assemblies. We encourage parental involvement whenever possible in learning about different faiths and cultures. We visit places of worship in the local area and welcome visitors to the school from different faiths. We use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in different countries.

Sadly, no school can guarantee there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. Fortunately, at Aragon such instances are rare. When they arise, they are dealt with seriously and in line with Borough guidance.