British Values and the Prevent Strategy at Brownlow Fold
The DfE have reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five British values are:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
At Brownlow Fold Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We believe that British Values dove-tail into everything we do in school. We understand that Modern Britain is ethnically diverse and culturally rich. Through our curriculum, our enrichment visits and our spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision we endeavour to expose the children to life beyond Brownlow Fold. We feel it is vital that our children develop into citizens that thrive in and contribute to Modern Britain. The DfE encourage all schools “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 were reiterated by the Prime Minister.
These values are taught through a range of ways through planning a balanced, broad curriculum. At Brownlow Fold, the British Values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy – This is embedded through all aspects of school life. Children are involved in decision making within the setting, and have the chance daily to express their opinions and ideas through small and large group times. Children are taught that their opinion counts and that their voice will be heard, respecting also that others have the right to their ideas and opinions, and these should be listened to equally.
Rule of Law – Brownlow Fold has clearly defined boundaries and rules which children are encouraged to follow. This helps them to understand that rules exist in the wider community. Staff work with the children to discuss and share our rules what might be the consequence if they do not adhere to these. Consequently, children at Brownlow Fold develop an awareness of right and wrong and staff lead by example, and follow the rules themselves.
Individual Liberty – Children are actively encouraged to make with own choices in a safe and secure environment. They are given the opportunity to develop their independence and self-esteem, and are supported in increasing self-confidence in their own abilities. Children are provided with responsibilities such as being a class monitor or take on other responsibilities that span across the school such as a prefect, member of the school council etc. which develops their self-esteem. We encourage children to recognise success and praise them for their achievements, both in and out of school, in a variety of ways; stickers, certificates, verbal praise and displaying their work. We also encourage them to praise each other on achievements they might have seen others do. At Brownlow Fold we provide a range of activities for the children to explore feelings and the language linked with these.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance – Brownlow Fold is an inclusive setting, promoting equality and diversity. Children learn that their behaviours have an impact on their own rights and the rights of others. Both children and staff at Brownlow Fold treat each other with respect. All beliefs, cultures and religions are respected and children, parents and staff are supported to have a tolerance and appreciation of this.
The extracts below show what the expectations are and how practitioners at Brownlow Fold meet the requirements.
We have a responsibility to meet the following:
- provide staff with sufficient training to be able to recognise this vulnerability (Radicalisation) and be aware of what action to take in response.
- understand when to make referrals to the Channel programme and where to get additional advice and support.
- keep children safe and promote their welfare
- be alert to any safeguarding and child protection issues in the child’s life at home or elsewhere
- take action to protect children from harm and be alert to harmful behaviour by other adults in the child’s life.
- focus on children’s personal, social and emotional development
- ensure children learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children and value other’s views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes (in an age appropriate way)
To do this practitioners at Brownlow Fold will:
- Listen to children
- Share appropriate information with parents
- Listen to parents
- Report concerns
- Challenge negative behaviour
- Focus on what children need
Support children’s Personal, social and emotional development by helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Each class promote the fundamental British Values in an age-appropriate way.
Each class has a detailed description of how that is done for all our classes: