In the current cultural climate the term ‘British Values’ may be mis-leading or even inflammatory. In fact these values are central to many cultures and countries of the western world.
According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty and mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
These values and ideas are nothing new to the school ethos that we foster at Lower Wortley Primary School, both through the curriculum and our pastoral care. Examples of this are:
- children take part in democratic procedures when voting for team captains and through the work of the school council
- pupils help develop the class rules and are encouraged by each other to follow these
- respect is modelled by adults in school and expected at all times
- RE lessons ensure that the children learn about the beliefs of others
- religious festivals that the children celebrate in their own homes are discussed and valued
- cultural days give the children opportunity to learn about and experience different ways of life
- physical activity and a healthy lifestyle is promoted
- curriculum activities develop a knowledge and fascination for the world around them
- Collective worship provides children with opportunities for reflection
- visits from authorities such as police and fire services promote respect for these valuable services
- whole school assemblies and performances
- our curriculum driver 'Citizenship' promotes understanding of others and teaches about the responsibilities we hold being part of our school community and the wider community
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.