British Values

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  At Burford School we promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

Value How We Promote It
Democracy 

Links to school values:

Respect

Responsibility

Appreciation

 

 

 

·         We have an elected School Council.  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.

·         We hold mock elections/ referendum during national and local elections.

·         We encourage volunteerism in and out of school.  This includes things like the choir leaders, lunch helpers, and also raising money for local and national charities.

·         The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation.

·         Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.

 

 

 

The rule of law 

Links to school values:

Respect

Responsibility

Kindness

Appreciation

Honesty

 

·         We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring  behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as ‘Value champion of the Week’ and ‘Headteacher’ awards.

·         Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE, children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.

 

 

Individual liberty

Links to school values:

Respect

Responsibility

Kindness

Appreciation

Honesty

Perseverance

 

·         Through our school values and the SEAL PSHE program, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport, etc.

·         SEAL has specific units relating to individual liberty including ‘Good To Be Me!’

·         Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.

 

 

Mutual respect

 

Links to school values:

Respect

Responsibility

Kindness

Appreciation

Honesty

 

 

·         We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.

·         Through our school’s values, SEAL scheme, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.

·         The SEAL theme of ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ explores these issues well.

·         Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.  A range of specific assemblies were delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.

 

 

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Links to school values:

Respect

Responsibility

Kindness

Honesty

 

 

·         We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy.

·         Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.

·         Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.