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British Values
 

The government defines ‘British values' as: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty & mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

At Wyton on the Hill, we promote these through our own school ethos and values, through our curriculum and through enrichment activities. An important part of our vision is to ensure our children have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to function as valued and valuable members of society. Promoting British Values enables children to develop a sense of community and begin to understand their responsibilities and role within it.

Democracy

Links to school values:
Respect
Equality
Individuality

UN CRC Article 12:  Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

  • We have an elected School Council, which is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process as well as to give pupils a say in school issues and events.
  • We have a calendar of ‘Big Conversations’, one per half term, in which pupils of all age groups meet to discuss a school or community issue. Pupils’ suggestions from the Big Conversations are shared with the School Council. In this way, pupil voice is used an instrument for school improvement.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school.  This includes things like the Gardening & Eco club, our Year 6 Sports Leadership scheme, and also raising money for local and national charities, for example through our annual ‘Wyton Marathon’. 
  • The history of democracy is taught through historical research, for example of the Ancient Greece civilisation and the Magna Carta.
  • Democracy is also promoted through additional Personal Development lessons and assemblies.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others and the school is working towards accreditation as a Rights Respecting School.
  • Each class has a charter of rules, which they have participated in deciding.
  • The school holds Parent Forums to ensure that the adults who know their children best have a say.
  • Our Computer Club has developed its own section on the school website, which has regular news and features chosen by the children themselves. 


The rule of law

Links to school values:
Respect
Equality

UN CRC Article 19:  Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy, which is applied consistently.  There are rewards for exhibiting responsible, respectful and co-operative behaviour.
  • Demonstration of positive pupil conduct is recognised through such things as ‘Top Table’, ‘Class of the Week’ and our ‘Head teacher’s Awards’.
  • Through our school assemblies, Personal Development lessons and ‘Talk for Learning’ approach, children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The local police officer / PCSO is invited to visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others and the school is working towards accreditation as a Rights Respecting School.


Individual liberty

Links to school values:
Respect
Equality
Individuality

UN CRC Article 31:  All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

UN CRC Article 15:  Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others and the school is working towards accreditation as a Rights Respecting School.
  • Through our school values and our Personal Development program, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • Our Personal Development program has specific units relating to individual liberty and social responsibility including ‘Good To Be Me!’ and ‘Anti-bullying’.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the Personal Development curriculum.
  • Our school policies are written to protect the rights of vulnerable groups and to secure an inclusive approach.
  • Children are valued for their differences and there is a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs to enable children to try new things, develop new skills and practice existing ones.
  • Our Breakfast Club ensures that pupils have time to relax and play before school, as they prepare for the school day.
  • Opportunities for children to take on more responsibility within the school area is encouraged through our ‘Big Tidy’ and ‘Pupils Jobs’ schemes.


Mutual respect

Links to school values:
Respect
Equality
Individuality

UN CRC Article 2:  The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

UN CRC Article 30:  Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our school policies.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others and the school is working towards accreditation as a Rights Respecting School.
  • Through our school’s values, Personal Development program and ‘Talk for Learning’ approach, children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • The school’s Peer Mediation scheme enables pupils to promote mutual respect.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through additional Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural assemblies.  Specific assemblies are delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.
  • An Anti-Bullying week is held annually and various well-being events are held across the year. During these sessions, children are taught to value differences in others and themselves and to respect others.
  • Staff members model mutually respectful and co-operative behaviours towards each other at all times.
  • Through our half-termly inter-house sports fixtures, pupils are encouraged to practise mutual respect in the context of competition, guided by our Year 6 Sports Leaders.


Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Links to school values:
Respect
Equality
Individuality

UN CRC Article 14:  Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality Policies.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Cambridgeshire Syllabus for Religious Education which we follow.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies (Key Stage and whole school), which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others and the school is working towards accreditation as a Rights Respecting School.

 

   
Wyton on the Hill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
 
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