Promoting British Values
At Spalding Primary Academy, we 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.
British values are woven into our curriculum and everyday school life.
At Spalding Primary Academy, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil interviews, our RSE programme and class assemblies. Our behaviour for learning policy, based around our 5 core values, means everyone being involved in the recognition of behaviour. this is shared through all aspects of school life and also shared with parents, carers and children from Reception to Year 6.
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 school days and through school collective worship time. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind 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 and Fire Service are a regular part of our calendar events and 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 all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are further empowered through being part of the School Council and being able to take part in pupil forums which link directly to the senior leadership team or governors. Pupils are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices, from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fund-raising events.
As a school which holds values at the core of its ethos, our school behaviour policy has evolved around 5 core values; one of which is ‘Respect’. Pupils have been part of discussions and collective worship related to what this means and how it is shown. Respect is one of our values taught explicitly within lessons and it is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model and promote respect for others, as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Spalding Primary Academy, we are a culturally rich and diverse school where children have unique opportunities to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed up and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.