The DfE have recently reinforced the need for school communities “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
All Saints is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
The school groups children into houses and, each year, those children wanting to be House Captains must run a ‘campaign' before the children elect their chosen leaders.
The school uses democracy in other areas of school life such as when making decisions on class activities, appointing digital leaders and settling disagreements.
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, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Children in Y6 have the opportunity to become Junior PCSOs and work alongside the PCSOs on aspects such as drink driving, dog fowling, parking issues and more. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service also help reinforce this message.
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 PSHEE lessons. Our Parent Support Advisor works alongside the teaching team and with parents to support children in making confident and safe choices. This includes our Listening Service, Smiles group, nuture groups, anger management and more.
In their learning, 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.
As both a Church of England School and 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 treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
All Saints is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Opportunities are regularly planned to address this issue in collective worship either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our curriculum both celebrates and highlights the wonder of diversity, for example, children in Y6 learn about Bollywood including a visit to an Indian restaurant. Children in Reception learn about Chinese New Year with parents sharing stories of their life in China and making special traditional treats for the children to share. Children are taught to celebrate differences and to cherish each other as individuals regardless of race, culture or background.
At All Saints we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. In addition to staff training on preventing extremism, pupils in Y5 and Y6 attend workshops to develop their understanding of what extremism is and the steps they can take to prevent and tackle extremist views.