The Department for Education 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.”
At Ludwell Primary School we agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values. We actively promote fundamental British values and this is mapped in our curriculum, across the whole school. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our school community:
- School assemblies
- Our enquiry curriculum opportunities e.g. 'How do we all live together?' and 'How are schools the same?'
- Picture News (picture-news.co.uk)
- Religious Education
- Jigsaw- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) sessions
At Ludwell, these values are reinforced regularly:
Democracy: Pupil voice is significant in regards to life at Ludwell. We show we are democratic by deciding upon our class charters and the rights associated with these. Our first Jigsaw piece is designed to promotes a sense of community, responsibility and collaboration. We contribute to the drawing up of the charter and all members are asked to show they agree to the rights and responsibilities depicted.
The Rule of Law: 'The rule of law value' plays a fundamental part at Ludwell as we place safety and behaviour at the heart of our school. Children are taught from an early age the rules and routines of the school and how to stay safe. Our responsibility ladders depict that we are all expected to be focused, kind and safe in our approach at all times.
Individual Liberty: We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. As a school, we actively encourage children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Our pupils are taught to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are to understand how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect: Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Children learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around Ludwell, in classrooms and play areas alike. Respect and restorative dialogue is at the heart of our behaviour policy and our PSHE curriculum promotes this ethos consistently across each year group.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs: We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. At Ludwell Primary School, we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future. We enhance the understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education studies; PSHE and visits to other schools. Beliefs and traditions will be studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding.
Our Pupil Panel
We have a school council which meet to discuss issues raised and school improvement opportunities. The panel is an important body, it represents pupil voice and is able to effect change from from within the school.
Our pupil panel will be voted in at the beginning of the academic year.