Promoting Fundamental British Values.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We champion democracy and encourage courageous advocacy through the work of our three pupil-led councils:
- School Council
- Faith Council
- Eco Council
Each council elects members annually, through elections or formal application processes.
What is No Outsiders?
Our school believes that there are no outsiders, because everyone is welcome.
A four year-old understands what it feels like to be left out and does not want to be left out. We need to create classroom environments where no child feels left out; every child needs to be taught that they belong.
We want children to explore their differences so that they feel comfortable in their own skin. Children should know who they are and feel proud to be who they are and also know that they are accepted without judgement.
We have an ethos that is backed up by our language and behaviour. All children are taught in dedicated sessions that we are all different and we like that.
In Reception and Years 1 and 2, we use picture books where characters are different, and we show that they are also friends and they play together.
In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, we explore reasons why some people might feel left out. After all, it is a fact that prejudice and discrimination exist and children are going to experience them at some point. We need to prepare them, give them confidence to disagree when they hear prejudice and support each other.
No Outsiders gives children the language to challenge prejudice and show acceptance. Not only will they feel safe knowing they belong, they can also show others that they too are safe:
"I will be your friend. You belong here. You don't have to change; there are no outsiders."