The Department of Education state that there is a 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, 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. At Norwood Green Infant & Nursery School we serve a rich diverse community, and take our responsibility to promote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously.
The values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways…
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our school council and questionnaires. The elections of the School Council are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system. Through PSHE lessons pupils participate in ‘hot topic debates’ so pupils learn how to put their point of view across and defend others.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws/rules whether they are those that are in class, school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day, through our assemblies and also when dealing with behaviour in school. We encourage our pupils to distinguish right from wrong and help pupils to understand they are there to protect us. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws/rules, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when they are broken. Visits from the police and fire service also help to reinforce our messages
Within school, 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe and nurturing environment. We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHE lessons. We implement a strong anti-bullying culture and pride ourselves on excellent role-modelling of maintaining established relationships.
At the heart of our whole school ethos is a commitment to love, laugh and learn together. A set of core attitudes that we believe contribute to individuals being able to live happy and successful lives within the communities to which they belong. Our values are taught through assemblies and PSHE lessons and form a key part of daily dialogue across our school. Respect is highly promoted across school and is deeply embedded in all that we do. Pupils know and understand that respect is shown to everyone whatever differences we may have and to everything however big or small. Here at Norwood Green Infants we have a centre for the hearing impaired attached to our school, children frequently participate in learning sign language which raises awareness of our Deaf children and teaches respect and tolerance towards our Deaf friends. We frequently participate in learning activities that promote mutual respect such as, visiting elderly care homes, collecting donations of feed to support our local food banks at harvest time as well as local visits to religious buildings such as a mosque, church and Gudwara. There is huge emphasis on respecting those in our community we come into contact with and their surroundings. During our wide range of extra-curricular clubs we have on offer, the children show respect to other adults, coaches and outside agencies that visit our school.
Tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs
Our core mission statement of love, laugh and learn together promotes tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Norwood Green Infants School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education and PSHE lessons. We welcoming visitors from our community that are not predominately white British, and we enjoy a depth of study during local visits outside school when learning about religious festivals that those in our community might be celebrating. We have staff here of a variety of ethnicity that aids the speaking and listening of those children who do not have English as their first language. Here at Norwood Green we offer English lessons to all parents who do not have English as their first language which evidently will help them when trying to support their children reading at home and completing English homework.