All schools have a duty to ‘actively 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 and must have a clear strategy for embedding these values.
Promoting British Values
At Curry Mallet Primary School we regularly reinforce these values through collective worship, assemblies, classroom teaching and extra-curricular activities.
We use the No Outsiders project to build an ethos of inclusivity, valuing diversity and helping children to understand difference. At our school we learn that everyone is different and every is welcome.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard in school.
We have an active School Council who are voted in by their peers. They meet regularly to discuss issues and start new initiatives, such as suggesting ideas for new clubs, what equipment the school or PTFA buy for playtimes and deciding how we as a school fundraise for charity. They are also involved with developing new procedures within school e.g. equipment rota for playtimes.
The Rule of Law
The concept of rules is discussed with reference to home, school and the wider community. The importance of law is reinforced through assemblies and our PSHE curriculum and this is further enhanced by visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service.
The children have an excellent understanding of their rights and they are taught how to exercise these rights safely through the curriculum. They are given freedom to make choices in their lessons and in extra-curricular activities.
Respect is at the heart of everything that we do. Respect is one of our core Christian values and runs as a thread throughout all behaviour management within the school. The children have an excellent understanding of what respect means and this is reinforced throughout the whole curriculum.
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
The children are taught about a range of faiths and beliefs during their RE lessons, which follow the Somerset Locally Agreed Syllabus: Awareness, Mystery and Value. Local members of religions are invited into school to lead collective worship and the children are given opportunities to visit places of worship. Children in KS2 have visited a range of religious places of worship in Bristol. Throughout the year a range of religious festivals are discussed and celebrated during whole school assemblies.