• British Values Statement

British Values Statement

The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools. 

Norman Street Primary School is committed to serving its community.  It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.  It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Norman Street Primary School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five key British Values are:

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

The school uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Norman Street Primary School seeks to instil British Values.


Democracy

Pupils have a variety of opportunities to participate in democratic processes.  These include voting for their class members of the school council.  School council members report back to classes and take questions and issues to be addressed.  Pupils also have the opportunity to vote for star of the week.

As a school we use questionnaires to gain an understanding of opinion within the school community (parent questionnaires, pupil conversations)


The rule of law

Class expectations are established between the class teacher at the start of each academic year and regularly re-enforced.  Assemblies are used to embed our school values and expectations so pupils are clear on why we have rules.  Classes have our whole school expectations displayed and the consequences, both positive and negative, for the choices pupils make.  We have close links with the community police support officer who attends the school to emphasise particular messages to pupils.


Individual liberty

All pupils are encouraged to make positive individual choices and these are recognised through our behaviour policy and consequences.  We have a clear anti-bullying policy and a culture of care and support for all pupils. Our reflection room at lunchtimes allows pupils to talk to adults if they have concerns or problems to resolve.


Mutual respect

Respect is a key value of our school and we promote respect for all through our behaviour policy and teaching and learning policy.  Through restorative conversations, pupil learn the impact their actions and behaviours have on others.  Circle time is also used in school to ensure pupils understand and respect other pupils opinions.


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Pupils are encouraged to respect and understand different faiths and beliefs through our school assemblies and links with St John’s church.  Pupils are encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within school.  Our RE curriculum ensures that pupils learn about and from a range of religions.