Teaching British Values
Promoting British Values at Queens
The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs".
The government set out is definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Queens these values are reinforced regularly and linked closely to our own Christian Values: fairness, forgiveness, trust, respect, truth, reconciliation and responsibility.
Democracy and fairness are rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains and Prefects as well as the Collective Worship Team are based solely on pupil votes. All children within the school have had the opportunity to contribute to the Queens’s Academy’s ‘school rules!’
The Rule of Law: Responsibilty and Truth
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32)
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, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Individual Liberty and Trust
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24)
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we are trusted
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 advise how to exercise these safely, for examples though our E-safety and PHSE lessons delivered by external agencies. Whether it be through homework activities, of how they record tasks, participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has resolved around Core Values such as 'Respect' and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs, Respect and Reconciliation
"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them for this is the Law” (Matthew 7:12)
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PHSE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and these is celebrated further in our World Faith Day and by different faith displays within the school. Children, as a result, have a deep respect for the range of faiths and religions both within the school and in the wider community.