The DfE have recently 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 Skelmanthorpe Academy we have shared and reflected upon what British values mean to us. Tolerance and respect are also our school values which are reinforced regularly and in age appropriate ways. We want our school community to be proud of their nation and understand how they can contribute as effective citizens. We understand that this important process begins at a very early age and we seek to nurture this at Skelmanthorpe Academy.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We understand the need for their opinions and views to be valued and inform of our decision making.
Staff model the democratic process on a daily basis by inviting questions and sharing views through discussion. Our children are taught explicitly to verbalise their thinking, to consider the greater good and be aware of the views and needs of others.
We regularly listen to ‘Pupil Voice’. As part of their learning all children are developing their decision making skills and learning to make informed choices and take responsibility for them.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our daily practice. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as Police, Road safety and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely and with consideration and respect for others, for example through our assemblies, e-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example by participating in our numerous extra-curricular clubs. Lunchtime is another good example of this: children make menu choices and engage in good manners; during their playtimes they collaborating over games, sharing equipment. As a school we do not shy away from routines that may be challenging; instead we enable and train our children to make informed personal choices.
Respect is one of our school values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. We also share the consequences of what happens when respect and tolerance are not demonstrated. We discuss current affairs with the children enabling them to make sense of the world they are in.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Skelmanthorpe Academy is an area which does not have a great deal of cultural diversity, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and flexible curriculum teaching reinforce this. Through visits to other places of worship and visitors to assembly, members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We understand that it is important to understand the different faiths of the world.
What do we do at Skelmanthorpe Academy
to celebrate being British?
learn the National Anthem
study key historical figures and events in British history
learn the key geographical facts and regions of Britain
learn about the national Saints and legends
dance and listen to music from around the different regions of Britain
learn traditional British songs
learn Maypole dancing
study the local area
support national events such as the Tour de Yorkshire, Olympics, World Cup etc.