The DfE have 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 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values should be fundamental to everything we do in school.
At North Walsall primary Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
The School Council representatives discuss ideas/ issues with their individual classes; then meet at least once a half term to discuss the outcomes from each class discussion with the learning mentor and the Headteacher. Ideas are added to Senior Leader meetings to discuss at a senior level.
As a result of school council meetings, equipment has been purchased; e.g. playground equipment and bouncy castle. More recently the children have helped to make changes to the whole school behaviour strategy ‘Good to be Green by adding dojos’. In addition to this, children complete a termly questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at North Walsall Primary Academy. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school and their individual classes. 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At North Walsall Primary Academy, 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 given the freedom to make choices, for example, whether it is through choice of challenge, or simply by choosing to participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and sessions related to what this means and how it is shown. The school ethos and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Bullying has been an area whereby the school has placed a strong focus and provided children with a variety of assemblies and workshops to help them to reflect upon and understand the impact of bullying others. Anti-Bullying week was also undertaken during the Autumn Term.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
From our logo it is very evident that we are a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and Votes for Schools 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. Each class has a weekly timetabled opportunity to explore areas of interest and current affairs; this is carried out through Votes for Schools.
Armed Forces Covenant
North Walsall Primary Academy are proud supporters of the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.