The Department for Education states that there is a 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 the Prime Minister reiterated these values in 2014. At Orchard Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Orchard has a School Council to which members are voted in each year by their peers. Children write a statement to support their proposal to be their class representative and they display their campaign posters around the school. They each have the opportunity to express their vision for Orchard during an assembly. Children elect their class representative by taking part in a secret ballot reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
Children understand that a place on the School Council comes with the responsibility of representing their peers' needs and interests. Our Head Boy and Head Girl are also voted based solely on pupil’s votes. Democracy is taught during assemblies and during class-based PSHE sessions. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires.
At Orchard we offer a range of exciting opportunities for children to be leaders throughout the school and they understand that the rules they have created for their classes permeate through all activities and events. Children also understand that their behaviour and regard for the rules extends beyond the school itself, such as acting as school ambassadors while on school trips. This understanding means that teachers can organise fascinating school trips secure in the knowledge that children will get the same from them as they do from learning opportunities within school.
Children should develop a positive sense of themselves and be given opportunities in the curriculum and wider curriculum to make choices and express their opinions and feelings. They are also supported when they make the wrong choices and to learn from their mistakes. Seeing others’ opinions and expressing feelings are explored in lessons including character ‘hot-seating’ and ‘conscience alley’ in literacy. Our e-safety lessons teach children about respecting their own and others’ privacy, the negative impact of cyberbullying and exercising freedoms to communicate electronically wisely and safely. In PSHE lessons, our pupils are given the freedom to make choices whether it is through choice of challenge, or to express their opinion on the topic being discussed.
Respect is one of the core values of our school which can be seen on the Ethos & Values page – Positive Attitude, Honesty, Caring, Respect and Try Your Best. School life at Orchard Primary abides by our values that nurture kindness, resilience, honesty and respect. The children and all staff connected to our school understand our values and work in a manner that encourages everyone to achieve to their highest ability. We have monthly Value Assemblies which cover ‘Respect’ and other values, pupils have been part of discussions related to what this means and how we show it. When a child does well, their achievement is displayed for everyone to learn from their positive attitude and hard work in Gold Book Assemblies which take place every Friday. They also have an opportunity to receive a Spirit Certificate for achieving one of our school values.
We celebrate and learn about the numerous religious festivals that happen throughout the school year. We look at a range of religions and find out about belief systems and practices. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. Festivals are covered in assembly during the course of the school year and also in class linked to the religion and units of work the children are covering.
All classes cover Christianity topics and one other religion.
They study the following religions: