At West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery, we actively promote British Values, as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school vision and values, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching.
Staff promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles. Through our words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, we also prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.
The government define British Values as:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths
At West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this, are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
To promote these values:
- We have an elected school council where pupil’s voices are heard and pupils also have the opportunity to complete questionnaires.
- Our Values PACT and Positive Behaviour Policy encourages tolerance, mutual respect, responsibility, unity and peace.
- Our collective worship calendar actively promotes these values. These values are incorporated further in PSHE and RE lessons.
- We teach the Jigsaw PSHE Curriculum: an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development. Click on this link to see Jigsaw British Values Coverage: British Values Coverage (by year group)
- Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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, Fire Service, etc. are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message. Our Year 6 pupils also take part in the Junior Citizens Programme run by the Oxfordshire Fire Service and Trading Standards.
- Pupils are actively encouraged and supported to make safe and informed choices (i.e. e-safety), to know and exercise their rights and personal freedom. We have annual visits from the NSPCC and ChildNet to support us in promoting safe choices.
- We visit different places of worship and have visitors to our school from other faiths. We also have established links within our local community (e.g. St John’s Church and St Mary’s Church, Kidlington).
- As a whole school, we celebrate national and international events such the Queen’s Jubilee, General Elections and the Olympic Games.
- We take part in a whole school remembrance service each year.