The Department for Education's policy is “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, 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 Dean Church of England School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in our school. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our ‘Golden Rules’, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Dean, 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 young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school has a solid Christian faith background and we celebrate our faith links and Christian heritage. We are not as diverse as some schools, however, we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons, Assemblies and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths and denominations.