Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values at Treverbyn Academy

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 set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014 and we are continuing this into 2017-18.  

The British values are:-

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 At Treverbyn these values are reinforced regularly.

This document gives a brief overview of how being British is celebrated at Treverbyn Academy through the curriculum it delivers and the wider democratic approach the school adopts towards ‘Pupil Voice’ through the School Council.  

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

 

Links to school values:

Respect

Tolerance

Understanding

 

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 have an elected School Council which regularly meet and discuss issues close to the school and wider community.  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process. 
  • We support children with volunteering in and out of school.  This includes raising money for local and national charities. 
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation.
  • Democracy is also promoted through our PSHE lessons and assemblies.  
  • Children are taught about the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

 

The Rule of Law

 

Links to school values:

Respect

Fairness

Courage

 

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.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through weekly awards in our Well Done and other special assemblies.
  • Through our school assemblies, Circle Time and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The local police officer / PCSO visits the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.
  • Children are taught about the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

Individual liberty

 

Links to school values:

Responsibility

Kindness 

 

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.

  • Children are taught about the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • Through our school values and the PSHE program, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies, visits from the PCSO as well as through the PSHE curriculum.

Mutual respect

 

Links to school values:

Respect

Friendship

Co-operation

 

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 country or not.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Single Equality Policy.   Children are taught about the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.
  • Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences. 
  • The SEAL theme of ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ explores these issues well.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. 
  • Use of Thrive to structure PSHE lessons.

 

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Links to school values:

Respect

Tolerance

Understanding

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy 
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Cornwall Syllabus for Religious Education.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  

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.

 

  • This is supplemented by assemblies which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • Children are taught about the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.

 

Curriculum 2017-18 at Treverbyn:

Whole School:

  • Remembrance Day
  • Comic Relief  - organised by the School Council (promoting pupil voice)
  • Children in Need – organised by the school council (promoting pupil voice)
  • Shrove Tuesday
  • Chinese New Year
  • Easter
  • Anti-Bullying week
  • Internet safety day
  • Fundraising for both local and wider community
  • Fairtrade (through Y5 class topic)
  • St Piran’s Day
  • World Book Day - celebration of Cornish stories

 Year R:

  •  Local area – where we live and what makes it special
  • St Piran’s day celebrations
  • Diwali
  • Bonfire Night
  • The Seasons – changes throughout the year

 Year 1 and Year 2: 

  • Locational Knowledge: Countries of the UK/capital cities and seas
  • Weather and seasons of the UK
  • Local History 
  • Myths such as The Mermaid of Zennor, Giant of St Michael’s Mount
  • Traditional British tales/story telling
  • Looking after our local environment, recycling, etc.
  • St Piran’s day celebrations 
  • Guy Fawkes
  • Celtic Saints
  • Cornish artists e.g John Dyer

Year 3 and Year 4: 

  • Character Education Charter.  Pilot scheme across a range of trusts embedding beneficial character traits into the curriculum.
  • British Authors – Michael Morpurgo
  • Study of British Laws and inventions (Victorians topic)
  • Countries of the UK, Our place in Britain
  • Counties and regions of Britain
  • Iron age settlers, Romans
  • Multi-Cultural Britain –introducing Muslims and Islam 
  • St Piran’s Day
  • Cornwall Food and Farming- Visit to Farm and County Day
  • Visits from members of the Police Force (male and female) ) to promote courage,
  • Visit to Cornwall Air Ambulance base                                ) kindness and
  • Visit to a local veterinary practice                                     ) responsibility
  • Visit to an important historial site - Stonehenge

 Year 5 and year 6:

  • Remembrance Day 
  • Multicultural Britain – the teachings of Islam, Judaism, Sihkism & Buddhism
  • St Piran’s Day
  • Democracy and the Rule of Law

 

Our Assembly Plan also incorporates British Values.

A key part of Treverbyn Academy’s education is to ensure our children are valuable, valued and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.