Waterloo Primary School Statement on British Values
At Waterloo Primary School, we are committed to serving our community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups and individuals within our school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. We accept admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. We follow the policies outlined by its governing body regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all.
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.” The government sets out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Waterloo Primary these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy: Democracy underpins a lot of the work we undertake with our children. Pupil voice is a crucial part of our ethos and we are proud to ensure ALL children’s voices are heard. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School and Eco Councils, AntiBullying Ambassadors, pupil questionnaires and interviews with subject leaders about the breadth and depth of the curriculum. Elections for School Council representatives and Head Boy/Girl take place after an application process and a democratic vote. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other. Our curriculum specifically studies democracy within certain year groups.
The Rule of Law: The importance of all Laws, those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are reinforced throughout our curriculum, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. At the beginning of each new school year, pupils work together to create their class charter that outlines the rules and expectations for pupils and staff working within their class. This is also a time to reflect on our ‘Golden Rules’ and the importance of these. Our behaviour philosophy has at its core the principle of making the correct choices in life and our Waterloo Code of Conduct and Behaviour Policy is derived from the key value of making the right choice and understanding the impact if the wrong choice is made. Our 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and provide support to reinforce this message. Through our PE curriculum, we regularly promote the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
Individual Liberty: Within school, we actively encourage our pupils to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. At Waterloo, our pupils are regularly given the freedom to make choices through, for example in how they record work and through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Mutual Respect: Respect is a huge part of our values and vision at Waterloo Primary. We consistently and frequently discuss this with our children through circle time, assemblies, school and eco councils. Our behaviour policy is based around ensuring all children respect one another and can value everyone as individuals. This is reiterated in our Waterloo Code of conduct and Class Charter.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We plan opportunities through the wider curriculum to visit different places of worship to appreciate the beliefs of others. Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Head teacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is, intentionally or otherwise undermining these values, you should report this to the Head teacher or another member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Updated Autumn 2016