British Values

The Government has identified the following British values that they want schools to actively promote, to ensure our children leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. The values were first set out by the Government in the Prevent strategy in 2011. Schools must now have a clear strategy for embedding these values and show how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Democracy at Acresfield

At Acresfield, the children are explicitly taught about democracy and the rule of law and how it works in Britain. This includes the advantages and disadvantages of our form of government, compared it with different forms of government in other countries. For more information, see our PSHE curriculum overview, which is on the PSHE page under Our Curriculum.

In addition, the school has a broad range of pupil voice projects which put the children’s voice at the heart of our work. One such system is our ‘Pupil Parliament.’ It is made up of two class representatives from each class in the school, who are voted for by the rest of the class. They attend meetings after school with our Pupil Parliament lead, Miss Liz Nicholls. The children work on different projects in school, to make Acresfield a better place for everyone. They are having a really positive impact in school, which has included the recent introduction of a new behaviour reward system. The children sit in the Parliament for six months before new elections take place.

There are many opportunities for the children’s voice to be heard at Acresfield. Aside from the Pupil Parliament, there is also the school captains and vice-captains who are elcted by the children in key stage 2. This happens at the start of the year. We also have buddies for the children in our two youngest classes, Tiger Cubs and Meerkats. Playleaders are also in place at lunchtimes, supporting the younger children with their playtime games. The children have to apply if they want to become a playleader. We also have ACC editors. ACC stands for Acresfield Children’s Chronicle, which is a newsletter, written by the children for the children on topics that are of interest to them. In addition, there are our E-cadets, a team of children who keep us safe online.

Our children have a strong voice in the school. They feed into the termly parents’ evenings by providing feedback on their learning and next steps. The older children ‘lead’ the parents’ evenings in key stage 2, by starting the conversation about what they have achieved and identifying what they need to do next.

The Rule of Law

The importance of following rules, whether they are in the classroom, the school or the laws in society are reinforced throughout the school day and form a part of our PSHE curriculum. For more information, see our PSHE curriculum overview, which is on the PSHE page under Our Curriculum.

At Acresfield, we are currently in the process of completing the Investors in Pupils award. As part of this, each class creates their own set of class rules, to help their classroom work effectively on a day to day basis. As a whole school, our behaviour policy supports the children in making the right choices with its reference to our Golden Rules. These are displayed around the building. Our behaviour policy clearly rewards the children for following the Golden Rules. This reward system was devised by the children who form our Pupil Parliament. As part of this work, we also explicitly teach the children the consequnces of not following our school rules or the rules in society and how this impacts on people’s lives.

Individual Liberty

At Acresfield, the concept of liberty and individual freedom of choice, is built into our PSHE curriculum. For more information, see our PSHE curriculum overview, which is on the PSHE page under Our Curriculum. In school, pupils are actively encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour, and make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we ensure children feel empowered to make the right choices to support their learning and their personal development.  Children are always encouraged to exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are given support in doing this safely (for example, through E-Safety and PSHE lessons.) This work links very closely to pupil voice projects in school and giving children the opportunity to make choices about roles they want to have in school; about who they want to vote for to hold important roles; about participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs. We believe it is very important that children are given the freedom to make these choices from a young age.

Mutual Respect

Showing respect for everyone at Acresfield is one of our Golden Rules. We teach the children what this means by modelling respectful relationships between adults and children and between adults. Respect is also taught explicitly in our PSHE curriculum. For more information, see our PSHE curriculum overview, which is on the PSHE page under Our Curriculum. The children are reminded of the need to show respect to all adults and each other on a daily basis. This cuts across all areas of school life and includes showing respect for staff who work at lunchtimes or who come in to work with the children on special projects or for music and physical education. As part of the curriculum, the children are taught about the need to show respect to others beyond our school environment in the lcoal community and beyond. They are also taught about the impact on people when they are not shown respect and how it can affect people’s well being.

 

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Showing tolerance for people with different faiths and beliefs, builds on the work going on in school to teach children the need to respect others. This is taught explicitly in our PSHE curriculum. For more information, see our PSHE curriculum overview, which is on the PSHE page under Our Curriculum. It is also taught through our Religious Education curriculum, especially through the different visists and visitors that are built into it, to develop the children’s views of diversity and tolerance within our diverse society. Upton, where our children live, is not a culturally diverse area, so we ensure we work hard to promote it in our curriculum. This starts with our very youngest children in Tiger Cubs class.

We develop the children’s understanding through assemblies, where we address issues of diversity through the stroies that are told. Each year, we also have a Celebrating Differences Week, where we celebrate the differences within our community at school or in Upton. This includes physical differences as well as differences of faiths and cultures.