We promote 9 values through our ‘rainbow groups’ headed by Year 6 children:
- service above self
Our values are promoted through all our work in school: curriculum; assemblies; social times. Children are encouraged to promote the values in all their work and interactions with others.
Within our school community we have the expectation that everyone (staff, pupils and parents) promote aspiration and ambition; encourage others to learn and be the best they can be; celebrate all achievement and recognise its importance to the individual.
We have nine rainbow groups which meet every Friday afternoon. Each group comprises mixed age children from reception class through to year 6. Each group is led by a year 6 pupil. Through rainbow groups we teach aspects including: cultural identity; our values; equality and diversity.
This term our work has the following objectives:
- To know that we belong to different groups
- To identify and respect differences and similarities between people
- To take part in discussion
- To express own views about people, places and environments
- To identify and describe what places are like
Promoting British Values at Litherland Moss Primary School. The DfE has 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 have been reiterated this year (2014). At Litherland Moss Moss these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
At Litherland Moss we have a democratic approach to many aspects of school life. Each year the children decide upon their class rules, rewards & sanctions. All children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. As part of our rainbow groups we plan for activities that give a chance for all pupils to contribute to the planning of many aspects of school life.
Children are given questionnaires and are asked their opinions on a regular basis. We use current events, such as the recent Scottish Independence vote and the upcoming General Election, to explore democracy in the UK.
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. Children 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. Children and staff decide on rewards and sanctions within their classes and our school behaviour policy has clear sanctions that operate on a whole school level.
Children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We encourage the children to show respect and understanding of other cultures, heritages & points of view, within home, school and the wider world, as well as the need to care for our environment.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Litherland Moss is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies and lessons are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. We encourages children to be kind and friendly to others within school and the community, as well as encouraging co-operation and developing positive relationships.
At Litherland Moss we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.