Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values

at Coppice Primary School

The DfE have recently reinforced the 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 have been reiterated this year.
Coppice Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the
following ways:

Democracy

Each year the children decide upon their class charter and
the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up
of the charter. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss
issues raised in class council meetings. The council is genuinely able to
effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in
by their class. Children have an opportunity each year where they are able to
put forward their views about the school and influence the school development
plan.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the
class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Coppice.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. There are our
Class Rules, Playground Rules and E-Safety Rules. Pupils 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.
Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this
message.

Individual Liberty

At Coppice Primary School, pupils 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. Pupils are
encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms
and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and
PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn
that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different
Faiths and Beliefs

Coppice Primary School is a diverse school. We actively
promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures.
Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance
and respect for others. Our curriculum and our links with other schools
illustrate our commitment to exploring our school and local community. Members
of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to
enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of
worship that are important to different faiths.