In line with statutory expectations, Deanesfield Primary School has an obligation to teach our children about British values. The government defines British values as: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
These values have been part of our School's work for many years and we choose to help children understand these sometimes difficult concepts using everyday school situations to exemplify them.
At Deanesfield, these values are explored regularly in the following ways:
At the start of each year, the children discuss the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and decide which articles from this they feel are important for their class. Each class creates a classroom charter which is displayed in their classrooms. Our 'Golden Charter' and the individual class charters are key to the school’s behaviour policy.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Our school council involves every child in Years 1 to 6 and meets regularly to discuss issues and suggest improvements. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school.
Children complete an annual questionnaire in which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
UNCRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, especially those which directly impact on children, 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.
UNCRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.
Within 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 choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and 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. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
UNCRC Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.
UNCRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
As a Rights Respecting School, 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 are expected to treat each other with respect.
UNCRC Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.
UNCRC Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Deanesfield is situated in an area which is culturally diverse. Assemblies are regularly planned to include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. We have adopted the Hillingdon Standing Advisory Council Religious Education syllabus which enables children to learn about the major world faiths, all of which are represented by our pupils, and encourages respectful understanding and tolerance of the differences between these.
UNCRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.
At Deanesfield, we will actively challenge pupils, staff, parents or visitors expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.