According to OFSTED, the fundamental British values are:
•the rule of law.
•mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
At Eynesbury Church of England Primary School, we teach these values across the whole curriculum, during Collective Worship and throughout the school day. We believe that modelling these values is key - tolerance and respect permeate our school culture. Pupils elect their own school councillors annually and develop school and class rules. We also plan a wide variety of extra-curricular trips and visitors to teach children about democracy in action (for example, a representative from the court) and which build respect for different faiths (for example our visit to the Bedford Faith Tour where the children visit a Sikh Gurdwarah, a mosque and a Christian church).
TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at Eynesbury Church of England Primary School
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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy. At Eynesbury these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and responsibilities at the beginning of the school year and the rights associated with these.
We have a student council which meets on a regular basis throughout the school year and issues raised return to class council meetings. The council has makes decisions such as involvement in charity events and decision to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are
consistently reinforced at Eynesbury.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our School Code of Conduct, Playground
Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they
govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are
broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and court representatives help reinforce this message. In Year 5 and 6 the children gain an understanding of criminal responsibility through teaching.
At Eynesbury, 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
informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 eSafety and PSHE lessons. Through our Restorative Approach to behaviour management, pupils are encourage to consider how the choices they make impact on others.
Respect is at the heart of our values at Eynesbury and is embedded in all aspects of school life.
Respect Our Environment.
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. Our School Code of Conduct begins:
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Eynesbury is limited by the lack of diversity reflective of St Neots, however we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures and visits to other areas which have greater diversity - for example the Bedford Faith Tour. During this visit children explore places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance
and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged
to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.