Promoting British Values at Ashby Hill Top Primary School
The DfE have recently 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 Ashby Hill Top Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
In Key Stage 1 children are taught about similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods, how changes within living memory reveal changes in national life, and about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally. They also learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national achievements.
In Key Stage 2 children continue to develop their knowledge of British and local history. Periods of British history studied include The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, Britain’s settlement by the Anglo Saxons, the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England and local history.
The school has a yearly focus on the Remembrance Day commemorations where children purchase poppies and a two-minute silence is held in a special assembly. As a whole school, we have celebrated the World Cup, the Olympics and Para Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days and special Olympic weeks. Royal celebrations play a large part in our curriculum offer e.g. the Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school.
Our whole school assemblies are very important to us, and it is here that we regularly uphold the traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal PSHE, Citizenship and RE lessons and, indeed, the British values of respect, tolerance and empathy are fostered throughout all of our daily interactions: modelled by staff and nurtured in pupils.