North Baddesley Infant School

Happy, valued and growing together

Statement of British Values

Since September 2014, schools have been required to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs in order to help demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of Education Act 2002 regarding their provision of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development). The government set out its definition of “British Values” in its “Prevent Strategy” as:

The rule of law
Individual liberty
Mutual respect
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At North Baddesley Infant School, we believe that the British Values are intrinsically linked to our own values of respect, resilience and independence. We believe in a holistic approach to the teaching of values and understand that these values are not easily taught; they have to be lived through the school’s ethos and values.

Our vision is for the children in our school to grow into happy, responsible and caring adults who actively and positively contribute to the society in which they live. This vision is underpinned by our values of respect, resilience and independence. We believe that at the heart of a modern, ever changing, multi-cultural and multi-faith community is the acceptance of key British values which it is our responsibility to promote. In doing so, our learners will be able to grow as individuals and citizens in the community and country in which they live.

Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. We aim to ensure children develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

The following are a selection of activities and external accreditations that evidence our commitment to British Values and the effective promotion of SMSC.

Value How we promote it

Links to school values:

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 ensure that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils. Children are involved in democratic processes through these elections as they can apply for the role and are voted by their peers.
  • Democracy is promoted through P4C lessons.
  • Pupils also have the opportunity to learn about different models of democracy and take part in other votes, pupil voice questionnaires, surveys and class councils. We hold the Hampshire CAT mark which recognises the effectiveness of our pupil voice work.

The rule of law
Links to school values:

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.

  • An understanding of right and wrong is the golden thread that runs through school life and links the behaviour policy to our school values. Children are actively taught about choice and consequences and this links to the school’s work on Rights, Respect and Responsibilities. It is supported by our PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and SEAL materials (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and our P4C (Philosophy for Children) which allows children to explore and debate their understanding of these concepts.
  • Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and we enjoy visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message.
  • The school operates a zero tolerance policy for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers. This is set out in our Behaviour, Anti Bullying and Conduct policies.

Individual liberty Links to school values:

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.

  • Fundamental to our school values and culture is the importance of enabling children to make good choices independently. To this aim, we provide multiple opportunities for children to make their own choices with consideration for their own and others’ safety and well-being.
  • Our behaviour policy also teaches children to consider their choices and the subsequent consequences.
  • P4C allows children to develop their own voice and opinions, providing pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.
  • Specific teaching of school values such as independence also supports this.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHCE lessons.
  • Children are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.

Mutual respect
Links to school values:

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 county or not.

  • Respect is one of our core values that is explicitly taught and celebrated throughout school. It forms the basis for our golden rules, upon which our behaviour policy is based.
  • The activities we use to support democracy, such as voting for school councillors, is again founding upon mutual respect and understanding of others.
  • In our PSHCE and P4C work, children are taught how to respectfully debate and disagree with others’ points of view.
  • Through the PSHCE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs and those without faith
Links to school values:

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 of pupil conduct and this is reflected in our behaviour policy.
  • As part of our RE curriculum, we actively teach about other religions and faiths. Visitors and community members from other countries and/or other faiths are invited to share their language and culture with pupils.
  • We regularly celebrate festivals and celebrations and provide the children with an understanding of the main festivals and key dates of significance to British culture e.g. Remembrance Day, Harvest and major political events such as elections.
  • We reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children have the opportunity to visits places of worship that are important to different to faiths.

Through our provision of SMSC, we also seek to:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded individuals who are independent, respectful and resilient
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and understand how they can participate fully and contribute positively to the local and wider community;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people; and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in democratic processes.

An explanation of how we develop SMSC across the curriculum will be available shortly.