British Values at Somerville Primary School
The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.
From September 2014 all schools are required by law to demonstrate that we promote British Values, specifically:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Somerville Primary School is a strongly values driven school. Our mission to ‘Aim High Together’ through our core values of happiness, respect, responsibility and resilience permeate every aspect of school life and the BRITISH VALUES above are already woven into the way we operate as a school community. We nurture our children so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. Embedded into our school ethos we actively encourage our whole school community to respect other people with particular regards to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.
At Somerville Primary School these values are taught through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), SMSC and Religious Education (RE) and assemblies. We also promote British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Our strong anti-bullying culture also reinforces these values.
Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. All staff know that they must be aware of any signs of radical or extremist views as set out in the PREVENT agenda. All adults including governors are vigilant and know to report any concerns about a child or adult to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The following websites may contain helpful information:
How Our Children Experience British Values at Somerville