Promoting British Values
Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent
Strategy, and these values were reiterated last year (2014) with the Department
of Education reinforcing 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”
Although working within
the organisation of an Academy Trust, Barclay Primary is, and always will be, a
We aim to work closely with our parents, other
schools and organisations, building partnerships, which benefit, not only our
children, but others in the wider community, both on a local, national and
At Barclay Primary School, we ensure the
core British values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Pupil Voice is firmly embedded in the ethos of our school, and the children
have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Our School Council is
just one example:
council elections are held at the beginning of each year, and all children in
Years 1 to 6 are invited to stand. A councillor is elected from each class to
represent the opinions, suggestions and issues raised from the class. School
Council meetings are held twice a term and are led by councillors from Year 6.
The Council is also divided into sub-committees which meet termly to
discuss issues, conduct surveys, plan fundraising events etc:
& Achieve Committee
School has already gained the Record of Commitment, (ROC), and Level 1 towards
the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award. Each year the children decide upon
their “class charter”, as well as the rights associated with these and all
children contribute to the drawing up of the charters.
2. 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
regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school
assemblies. Pupils are taught the value 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 help reinforce this message.
3. Individual Liberty
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices
and take responsibility for these choices, knowing that they are in a safe and
supportive environment. As a school we have a responsibility to provide
boundaries and safety for children through rules and regulations but also to
give our children opportunities to make mistakes and to
learn from their experiences.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and
exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these
safely, for example, through E-Safety lessons.
Whether it be through their choice
of learning challenges, how they record a piece of learning, or through
participation in our range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils
are given the freedom to make choices.
4. Mutual Respect
Through our Barclay
Five Ways, children develop core values, (Respect, Responsibility, Aspiration,
Honesty and Kindness). We encourage a community spirit and sense of belonging,
where children show respect for each other, understand differences and have a
very clear sense of right and wrong. Children learn that their behaviour impacts on their own rights
and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat
each other with respect.
When children leave Barclay,
they do so not only as enthusiastic and learners, but also as responsible and
caring young people with an understanding of their role as part of a
5. Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and
Barclay Primary School is situated in a very culturally diverse
area and there is a strong history and philosophy within the school of
celebrating cultural diversity.
Our programme of assemblies address understanding and acceptance
of different faiths and beliefs through stories and celebrations from a variety
of faiths and cultures. RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. In RE
lessons, members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their
knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and classes visit
places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Open Evenings, termly productions and Diversity Month, together
with annual events such as Firework Night and the Summer Fete are just a sample
of some of the significant dates in the school calendar, which are always well-supported and enjoyed by pupils, families, staff and members of the wider
At Barclay Primary School we have a
commitment to actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions
contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
The Prevent strategy (2011)
Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools (November 2014)