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British Values at The Radstone

 

At The Radstone we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the Autumn term and trips to the pantomime at Christmas. We also value and celebrate national focusses, examples being; World Mental Health Day, Anti-bullying Week, World Book Day, Chinese New Year, Black History Month and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities to collaborate with the wider community and world e.g. Santa Run for a local hospice, Children in Need, The Poppy Appeal, Red Nose Day, NSPCC Number Day etc.

The table below is an indication of where we can find evidence to show that British Values are an intrinsic part of school life at The Radstone:

 

Democracy

At The Radstone our children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.  They are asked to give their opinions and suggestions about school matters and think about how we can continue to improve our school.

 

An obvious example is our School Council who meet regularly with senior staff and are actively involved in school improvement. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action.  At the start of the school year, candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. The School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The Council are actively involved in providing teachers with feedback.

 

Another example of ‘pupil voice’ is when children are asked to complete pupil questionnaires which discusses the curriculum, safety and things the children would like to change which reflect their views on teaching, learning and behaviour at school.

 

Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern for each other; respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.

By teaching the children how to manage and understand emotions they will be motivated and equipped to:

 

  • Be effective and successful learners
  • Make and sustain friendships
  • Deal with and resolve conflict evenly and fairly
  • Solve problems with others by themselves
  • Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger or anxiety
  • Be able to promote calm and optimistic states that promote the achievement of goals
  • Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties – The Power of Yet!
  • Work and play cooperatively
  • Compete fairly and win or lose with dignity and respect for all competitors
  • Recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others
  • Understand the value the differences and commonalities between people, respecting the rights of others to have beliefs and values different to their own.
  • To respect and value our world, and the things, both material and alive that exist within it.

 

Children in Year 5 are given key roles and responsibilities such as Play leaders, lunchtime Hall Monitors and Reading Buddies with Reception.

 

Through opportunities such as our extra-curricular clubs, trips and Residential Trips, pupils are given the freedom to make safe choices.

 

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is fundamental to the success of our school community. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own right and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Assemblies for the whole school take place. At The Radstone we celebrate differences; our PSHW and RE curriculum look at our school’s values and those of other faiths and make connections in order to widen the children’s understanding of a wider multi-cultural Britain.

 

We have high expectations of achievement and behaviour. Children and staff are polite and kind. We believe everyone has their own special gifts and we are expected to use them.

 

We listen and respect each other. We teach the children that conflict will be dealt with calmly and fairly. All members of the school family are valued equally.

 

We celebrate lunchtime behaviour and taking care of our school environment. We celebrate each other’s achievements whether that be in or out of school. E.g monthly Reading, Writing and Maths certificates, Headteacher Awards, acknowledgement in assemblies etc.

 

Teachers plan exciting, interesting, challenging and innovative lessons where everybody is expected to do their best and respect others. 

Parents’ opinions are welcomed at The Radstone through methods such as questionnaires, surveys at parents’ evenings and opportunities to comment on whole school matters.

 

The Rule of Law

Throughout their years at The Radstone pupils develop their understanding of what is right and what is wrong.

 

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school’s Golden Rules and are reminded of what they can expect of/from the school and what the school expects of them in order to maximise their learning. These rules are displayed in each class and play a fundamental role in our behaviour sanctions and rewards throughout school.

 

Through their daily school life, and explicitly in Health and Well-being lessons, our children develop their understanding of actions, responsibilities and consequences. Visits from authorities such as the Police and the Fire Service and trips to Hazard Alley are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

 

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and that that they are in place to govern and protect us.  They are also taught about the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways such as:

 

  • Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
  • Cycling Proficiency lessons (Year 5) enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules.
  • During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
  • During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. At The Radstone we educate and provide boundaries for all. From the start of their school life pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and to exercise them in a polite and thoughtful way e.g. e-safety lessons, PSHW lessons, Mental Well Being Day. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.

 

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely; for example:

  • Choices about how they can improve their learning
  • Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities

When our older children are given key roles and responsibilities to work alongside younger children this helps to promote mutual respect across the age phases. E.g. Reading buddies, Hall Monitors, Play Leaders.

 

Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

 

At The Radstone we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims, ethos and R.E curriculum.

 

Our aim is to ensure that our pupils are able to live and work alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures. This will be particularly necessary in a future where due to technological advances will make the world a smaller place.

Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.

 

Specific examples of how we enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:

 

  • Through Religious Education, Health and Well-being and other lessons where we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in Art and Music by considering cultures from other parts of the world.

 

  • Celebrating cultural differences through assemblies, themed weeks, noticeboards and displays.

 

Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith.

 

Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of these groups and the opinions of the groups are taken into account with all activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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