British Values

PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT WINCHELSEA SCHOOL

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Winchelsea is a safe, welcoming and nurturing school where pupils, families and staff are included and valued equally. Together we provide opportunities for every child within school and in the wider community to grow in confidence and develop a love of learning. Every child is encouraged and challenged to become as independent as they can be to prepare for life beyond Winchelsea.

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “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, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The governmentset out its definition of British valuesin the 2011 Prevent Strategy: these values have been reiterated by the Government in recent times. At Winchelsea these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through:

  • Their learning in all lessons promotes pupil participation
  • School Council - members are voted into office by their class peers.
  • Sports Council members are voted in by their peers
  • Pupil questionnaires on aspects of school life.
  • Pupil voice reports for Annual Reviews.
  • We also seek the view of parents through a variety of feedback mechanisms during the
    school year.
  • Active involvement in the selection processes of new staff.
  • Staff are encouraged to share their views on school development and give feedback.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws/rules, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day through our ‘Helpful Learning Choices’ and the promotion of the Rights Respecting Charter which is created in every class to help our students develop their understanding and proactive use of the rights. The school places a great deal of emphasis on restorative justice when incidents between two people occur. These values and language are used acrossthe school with pupils and staff alike through lessons and assemblies and the school Behaviour Policy underpins this. Linked with relevant areas of the curriculum visits from authorities such as the Police and the Fire Service help us to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices asindependently asthey can, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and an empowering curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through the Rights Respecting Charter, and are advised and guided how to exercise these safely, for all learning but discretely through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Our school ethos is focused around respect for others and this is implemented through the Rights Respecting Charter which is demonstrated in all aspects ofschool. Where possible, pupils take part in class discussions and all pupils take part in assemblies where this is emphasised.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them as many opportunities as we can to have life experiences and learning opportunities to celebrate diversity. This is particularly relevant in our ‘Thought for the Week’ which occurs daily in class and is celebrated in assembly. This also involves celebrating different faiths, understanding prejudices and prejudice-based bullying which are also supported through curriculum learning in RE, PSHE and through our cultural days which occur termly to immerse our pupils in different cultural activities. Members of different faiths or religions, albeit a very small part of our school community, are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the whole school. In addition, as a special school we take the opportunities to celebrate diversity on many levels, some of those through celebrating specific days as identified in the World calendar, others more relevant to ourschool help us to embrace all diversities within our community.

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