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British Values

British Values

Schools have a duty to teach British Values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from other faiths and beliefs.

  • Redgate actively seeks to use the diversity of its community as a resource for learning, helping pupils to understand and respect difference in all its manifestations and to be proud of who they are.

 

  • Redgate school expects all staff to model and teach these values.

 

  • Redgate School recognises and celebrates the multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature of our country and our community.

 

  • Our equalities policy makes clear our intention to provide the best education we can for all our pupils regardless of race, faith, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

The British Values Curriculum covers 5 areas described below:-

Democracy

  • We listen to children’s and parent’s voice. Children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others. Daily practice of expectations are visual and simple for pupils to understand.
  • We enable our pupils to express themselves through various forms of communication devices and strategies, verbally or non-verbally, using gestures, vocalisations, sensory cues, objects of reference, signs, symbols or words
  • All pupils experience a total communication environment. From touch and sound cues to objects of reference, photographs, symbols, signing and ICT
  • All staff use appropriate communication strategies that are relevant for our pupils
  • School enables pupils to elect a representative to the student council who can put across their views and opinions on all aspects of school life.

The Rule of Law

  • We consistently reinforce positive behaviour at Redgate. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
  • Our PSHE lessons develop an understanding for rules, mutual respect and responsibilities both in school and in the wider community.
  • Reward systems are in place to reinforce positive behaviour
  • Many lessons and stories will have themes covering tolerance, mutual respect and democracy. We use social stories to further enhance understanding of concepts such as personal space or visiting a shop.
  • We celebrate pupils achievements in the classroom e.g. plenaries showing work well done, star of the week, rewards and displays.
  • All pupils receive support at an appropriate level to manage their own behaviour, to work alongside other people and to treat other people with respect and consideration.

Individual Liberty

  • Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Group activities support pupils to work together.
  • As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely.
  • Children are reminded of potential consequences of choices both positive and negative

Mutual Respect

  • Our school ethos and behaviour policy encourages children to be caring, sharing and to listen to others. Staff help children to understand how to respect people by talking about how actions/words can affect others.
  • Staff model expected behaviour
  • PSHE and assemblies reinforce the message of respect
  • Our global curriculum emphasises the similarities between people everywhere and the connectedness.

Tolerance of those with different faiths

  • We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year, our RE curriculum and our SMSC planning
  • Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.
  • Our RE curriculum is varied and divers to include all major faiths. Lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children  have the opportunity to visits places of worship that are important to different to faiths
  • We demonstrate similarities and celebrate the differences in religious beliefs
  • Our curriculum is enriched with visitors from different cultures, reading stories and folk lore from different countries.