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Promoting British Values

The Department for Education have recently emphasised the important role that British Values can play in education and 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.'

 The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Oasis Academy Byron British Values are promoted in much of what we do, during school assemblies, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) sessions. The values are also integral to our vision and values.

As well as actively promoting British Values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

The British values we promote are not unique to Britain. We acknowledge that they differ in no way from the values of the many countries and the cultural backgrounds represented by families at Oasis Academy Byron.

Below are just a few examples of how we promote British values. The first section is a general overview; the others are specific expectations set out by Ofsted.

Below are examples of British Values that we promote in different year groups through every day classroom practice, topic work and class projects.

Being Part of Britain

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Oasis Byron. Alongside this, we value and celebrate living in, and being part of, Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the autumn term; Remembrance Day; our annual Christmas service and infant nativity at Christmas; Easter, etc. We also value and celebrate national events such as royal celebrations, a general election and a recent example being the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Children also learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives. Examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:

Geographically:

  • its coasts, rivers and mountains.
  • Villages, towns, cities, counties.
  • where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.

Historically:

Key moments in British history are studied in the topics such as the Great Fire of London, WWI, WWII, local history and significant historical figures such Guy Fawkes and Florence Nightingale.

Democracy

Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Oasis Academy Byron. Democracy is central to how we operate.

An obvious example is our structure of School Council. From Year 2, each class elects its own class representative reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Children are elected fairly and pupils are able to consider characteristics important for an elected representative; pupils vote in secret. School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by class members.

Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.

Parents’ opinions are welcomed at Oasis Byron through methods such as questionnaires, surveys and coffee sessions.

Rules of Law

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. These values are reinforced in different ways:

  • visits from authorities such as the police and fire service.
  • during Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about.
  • during other school subject, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules.

To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school.

Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for good behaviour, general adherence to the school or class rules and positive learning behaviour. Rewards are given in the form of stickers, certificates, letters home and House Points. Children’s achievements are also recognised during our weekly Golden Book Assembly.

Individual Liberty

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely. For example:

  • choices about how they record their home learning
  • choices about which ideas they vote for in School Council
  • choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.

Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and PSHE lessons. They also understand that with rights come responsibilities.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Oasis Byron serves an area which is culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims and ethos.

Our pupils are able to live and work alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures. This will be particularly necessary in a future where due to technological advances will make the 'world a smaller place.'

Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.

As an academy we engage in a number of activities that promote; Democracy, Individual Liberty, The Rule of Law and Mutual Respect & Tolerance. For example;

  • Democratic stakeholder process; voting for school prime minister, School Council.
  • Rights Respecting School activities.
  • School Council take a role in the decision making process.
  • In classes children have a role in the decision making for class rules, procedures etc.
  • Focus on Learning Muscles.
  • Pupils taking responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • School and class rules are clear, fair and shared.
  • Pupil surveys.
  • R.E. visits.
  • Working with the community.
  • Junior Citizen events - Year 6
  • TfL Talks - Year 6
  • PSHE and Circle time.
  • House Captain responsibilities.
  • Guest speakers in assemblies.
  • Charitable events - Harvest collection, Red Nose, Children in Need, The Royal Marsden, Sports Relief
  • WE Day attendance - Year 6.
  • Oasis Global Link Charity.

IPC/Personal Goals and International Learning

  • Learning about British Values takes place through Byron Learning Muscles and International Learning Goals linked to our International primary Curriculum Units.

Each term we focus on our 8 Byron Learning Muscles for pupils, staff and parents.

  1. Concentrate Camel
  2. Don’t give up Penguin
  3. Be co-operative Cheetah
  4. Be curious Meerkat
  5. Have a go Hippo
  6. Use your imagination Parrot
  7. Keep improving kangaroo
  8. Enjoy learning Elephant

IPC Society

In Society, children learn about living as members of groups. They are taught about:

  • The main political and social institutions and systems.
  • The rights and responsibilities of individuals as memebers of groups.
  • The responsibilities that groups have for their members.

The knowledge, skills and understanding which children gain through their study of Society can be regarded in terms of:

  • Individual and groups.
  • Citizenship.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Celebrations.

The goals in society will normally be achieved through children’s work in other subjects. They are closely linked to the international and personal goals.

Specific examples of how we at Oasis Academy Byron enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:

 

Being Part of Britain

Democracy

Rules and Laws

Individual Liberty

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

EYFS

Use of maps, atlases and google maps
to gain an understanding of the world; where Britain is and what it looks like

Children make pancakes and have pancake races

Daily discussion about the weather in Britain and other countries

Talking partners teaches
children to take turns and listen to others’ opinions

Children vote on group decisions such as which story to read

School and classroom rules are introduced and reinforced  daily

Personal, Social, Emotional Development is discussed with children including next steps     

Children are praised and rewarded for following the school and classroom rules             

Children are introduced to e-safety ‘rules’

Children are encouraged to share their choice of activity during the day

Children choose when to complete their daily or weekly challenge

Children are allowed free access to using the toilets across the day

Circle Time teaches children
to take turns, listen to and value others’ opinions

Children’s home experiences are discussed and celebrated as a class

Children learn about Judaism
as well as celebrating Christian festivals. Not all children take part in Christian activities

Parents consultations with teacher and child

Years 1 and 2

Children study where the UK is in relation to the rest of the world using maps and globes

Children celebrate Christian festivals e.g. Christmas, Easter

Recognition of Remembrance Day

History of Britain- Great Fire of London

Children study which foods that are grown in the UK

Remembrance Day assembly 

Talking Partners teaches children
to take turns and listen to others’ opinions

Year 2 children can put themselves
forward as School Council members. Their peers then elect them by taking part in a vote

School and classroom rules are constantly reinforced.

Through PSHE children think about rules and why they are needed.

Children are praised and rewarded for following the school and classroom rules.

E-safety ‘rules’ continue to be reinforced.

Children are encouraged to choose their own reading book to take home.

Children are educated to making the right choice regarding e- safety.

School Council gives the opportunity to air views and make choices.

Children learn about elements of Judaism, Sikhism Islam and Christianity in RE.

Through worship children are taught Christian values.

Children celebrate Christian Festivals eg. Christmas and Easter.

Parents consultations with teacher and child.

 

 

 

 

 

Being Part of Britain

Democracy

Rules and Laws

Individual Liberty

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Years 3 and 4

History – Who was here before me? – Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Romans

Representing the school in activities outside of school. sporting events.

Comparisons between UK and other countries

Remembrance Day assembly  

School Council elections- annually

School Council meetings

Literacy – persuasive writing-

Children all agree to the class rules

Children are praised and rewarded for following the school and classroom rules

E-safety ‘rules’ continue to be reinforced

 

Children are encouraged to choose their own reading book to take home

Children are educated to making the right choice regarding e- safety

School council gives the opportunity to air views and make choices

Children learn about Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Christianity in RE        

School rules

PSHE curriculum

Parents consultations with teacher and child

Years 5 and 6

The children earn about how alliances were formed in WWI and WWII

Remembrance Day assembly  

Preparation and work towards leading Christmas services

Rules and responsibilities – Preparing to be a good citizen

Representing the school in activities outside of school. sporting events

School Council elections- annually

School Council meetings

Literacy – persuasive writing-

Children all agree to the class rules

Children are praised and rewarded for following the school and classroom rules

E-safety ‘rules’ continue to be reinforced

Children are encouraged to choose their own reading book to take home                 

Children are educated to making the right choice regarding e- safety               

School council gives the opportunity to air views and make choices

 

                 

Children learn about Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Christianity in RE                 

School rules

PSHE curriculum

Parents consultations with teacher and child