The Promotion of Fundamental British Values at Spindle Point Primary School
Children have a range of opportunities to experience democratic principles within the school setting eg voting for School Councillors, Team Captains, as a means of reaching a decision where there are more than one possible outcomes. For our School Council elections, children provide a ‘manifesto’ to present to others and then voting takes place. Children are taught that the results of such a democratic process are binding. As part of school self-evaluation children have the opportunity to voice their opinion on a range of matters through pupil conferences and pupil questionnaires. The information collected through these channels is then carefully considered as part of the school’s decision making process. Children are given appropriate feedback from the school leaders as to the outcomes of these processes.
The school uses the occurrence of local and general elections as an opportunity to teach children how the democratic process operates in our country today. Through our history curriculum, children learn about regimes where democracy has not been the foundation for government and they are able to recognises the differences.
At Spindle Point we use ‘Philosophy for Children’ as a vehicle to promote discussion, presentation of different points of view and an appropriate way to ‘argue’ or ‘defend’ a point using rationale and chosen words.
The Rule of Law
Our school rules –
- A – Always do your best
- B – Be kind to everyone
- C – Care for our school
These rules are revisited and reinforced many times through the school year. Each class has its own age appropriate rules (drawn up in consultation with the children) that guide behaviours. Through this process children learn about the necessity for rules, if groups of people are going to live together successfully. We endeavour to develop in all children a strong moral compass that guides their behaviour, such that they are able to differentiate between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Children learn that they are responsible for their own actions. Poor choices will result in negative consequences.
From a very young age children learn about the role of the police force in upholding the law and helping people. This is built on as part of our PSHE curriculum in Key Stage 2 where children learn more about why we have laws, how law protects individuals and how to take part in making and changing laws. We make use of opportunities to further enhance this learning by inviting other agencies into school (eg police officers, magistrates) or by linked educational visits (eg to magistrates court, police museum).
Our school ethos encourages and celebrates individualities in children. Through a positive learning culture and positive adult/child interactions we teach children how to recognise their own strengths and how to set themselves personal gaols and challenges for those areas where they are not as strong. We want children to be aspirational and believe that they can achieve if they are determined to do so, and are given the right support. Children learn that they are important as individuals and that they enjoy individual liberty within our school.
As part of the Key Stage 2 PSHE programme children are taught that everyone has human rights and that children have their own special rights set out in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child. They learn about areas of the world where individual liberties are not protected both currently and in the past.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Our school ethos is grounded in a firm belief that everyone, adults and children, should show respect to each other at all times. This is very evident in the way that children conduct themselves around school and in the many interactions that take place between adults and children. The cultural makeup of the school is predominantly white British and this mirrors the cultural makeup of the local community. We recognise that our children need planned opportunities to learn about other cultures and faiths and this is addressed in a variety of ways. We have a well-established link with Sunninghill Primary School, where children are predominantly Muslim. Through a series of planned events the children meet up together and take part in a wide range of activities together. Over the last few years these have included a street party to celebrate a Royal event, a Brazilian carnival, a mobile farm and sport. The children are learning about each other’s faiths, customs and beliefs and recognising that there are many more similarities between them than differences.
Our Religious Education Curriculum includes learning about different faiths from around the world. We teach children that people may have different beliefs to their own but this does not mean they are inferior to their own. We include a programme of visits to a number pf religious places/buildings eg the Jewish museum, a Mosque, a Hindu Temple. We have an established link with Kearsley Mount Methodist Church and we visit this at least once every year when we hold our carol service.