The DfE have reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
These are values that have a central place in the way our children learn and in the content of our curriculum at Bushey Manor Junior School. Children are taught to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those in the school, the local area, the wider society and the global community. Our PSHE curriculum dedicates time each year for all children to learn about the British Values.
However, this is only a small part of what happens at our school!
- The children learn about, and practise, democracy through visits (to the Houses of Parliament) and visitors, through having their own voices heard, and voting for what happens in their school.
- We learn about the importance of laws in the class, the school and the wider community, through the exercise of a fair behaviour policy and opportunities for discussion in PSHE and assemblies.
- Children at our school are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, and this way develop their understanding of individual liberty. They learn about rights and personal freedoms and the responsibilities that come with choice.
- Our behaviour policy is built around the need for all members of the community to show respect to each other; we use restorative principles in the way adults interact with children.
- Our PSHE and RE curricula seek to enhance pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, along with discussions, visits, visitors and the modelling of a tolerant and accepting attitude.