The Department for Education has published guidance to schools on promoting British Values to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. At Ludwell Primary School, we take this responsibility very seriously and we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
These concepts are explored through our curriculum and in all subjects but in Religious Education and PSHE and Citizenship, in particular, where children can deepen their understanding. We make great efforts to ensure our children are exposed to a wide range of experiences beyond their own community. We do this through school visits as well as via video conferencing with partner schools in the USA and Easton, Bristol. This enables children to embrace difference and celebrate commonality between peoples alongside developing a pride in Britishness and a sense of belonging to our nation.
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"I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations"
Queen Elizabeth II
At Ludwell Primary School, we listen to the views of children and we do this through a variety of means including:
- Pupil surveys
- Circle time
- A thriving School Council elected by children, the School Council gathers information on the views of the curriculum and feeds back to staff.
- Pupil Advocate system for Year 6, including House Captains
- A strong element of team work and debating where children are encouraged to express clearly their view point and listen to the views of others respectfully
- Children take the initiative and lead in aspects of the school such as charitable appeals and fund raising.
Rule Of Law
Our school has rules and a behaviour management system which promote the well-being of the individual and the school as a whole. Each class reinforces those rules and they are a central part of the school ethos. They include being kind, helpful, fair and polite to everyone in our school; look after and take care of things around us; try hard to do our best in everything we do. The school has a positive behaviour policy that sets out rewards and sanctions. We encourage children to recognise rights and how these go hand in hand with responsibility.
We support children to make informed choices in a secure setting. Children develop self-respect and value themselves as individuals. Our school ethos, and methods of teaching, develop children’s independence as well as other qualities such as perseverance and resilience.
Children are encouraged to achieve highly and work hard. Through determination and self belief we foster ambition. Visits from a wide variety of professional people encourages all children to follow their dreams and to develop plans towards fulfilling their career goals.
Tolerance Of Those With Different Faiths and Beliefs
'The highest result of education is tolerance’
Through Religious Education, PSHE and Citizenship, we deepen children's understanding of faith and belief. We participate in a wide rage of celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Diwali, Eid, Christmas and Guru Nanak's birthday. We welcome visitors from our community and those beyond. We celebrate St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday on 23rd April.
At Ludwell Primary School, we view these fundamental British Values as part of becoming moral human beings and understanding that we have much in common with those from a different faith, ethnic group, country etc. We teach these through a distinct curriculum that recognises the unique culture of Britain and aim to develop in our children a pride in being British.
We have a school link with Easton C of E Academy in Bristol which is very important to us.
Children in Kites Class write regularly to their pen pals and reciprocal visits are held between the schools. Children play with and make friends with children who have a different religion, a different cultural background and live in a different area to them. What they learn is that we are more alike than we are different and being different to someone does not stop you being friends with them.
John F Kennedy
"Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.”
Respect is a core value of our school and underpins our ethos. Respect is shown by all adults and children towards each other and towards our community. Our wide and broad curriculum supports this and helps children to articulate what respect means in practice. Children can talk about their own faith and beliefs as well as the faiths and beliefs of others. Our emphasis is one of unity around what unites us as human beings.