At BVPS, we value the diversity of all our families and we celebrate and explore other cultures in our country in a range of ways. We use a range of resources to promote children’s understanding of different faith, through which we identify, value and celebrate similarities and differences. Underpinning this is our theme-based curriculum, which develops the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
Promoting Individual liberty, Democracy and the Rule of Law
We value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council, whose members put themselves forward for election and are voted for by their peers. Ideas and events, including whole-school assemblies, are planned and organised by the children, who have opportunities for discussion and debate, and thus learn to listen to other points of view and to accept democratically-made decisions.
Children research and choose the charities they wish to support each year; they take on the responsibility of organising fund-raising events and often present their cheque to the charity concerned at an assembly. This enables them to understand the work of charities, and how their actions can have a significant beneficial impact on the lives of others.
Children are encouraged to run their own clubs and to take on responsibilities across the school, as well as to represent the school at external events such as sports tournaments or visits to church and local nursing homes.
The school’s own values reflect and support British values, and help to prepare children to live as responsible citizens of modern Britain. These values are; Respect, Tolerance, Teamwork, Honesty, Caring and Self-Discipline. They are now fully embedded in our school, as shown by the stained glass windows in our entrance hall, and they permeate all aspects of the daily life of the school as well as driving our behaviour policy. We have high expectations of behaviour and teach children that the choices they make have consequences for themselves and others. Through assemblies and within the classroom, children develop an understanding of why rules and laws exist, and the children learn the importance of developing resilience.
Our curriculum topics offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values, as children explore themes of tolerance, peace and justice through topics such as “Poppies and Pride” – a study of World War 1.
As a whole school, we celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country and a strong focus on the Paralympics.
As a school we encourage knowledge of current affairs that are significant to us as a nation. We celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by holding a school coronation followed by a street party, as well as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of Prince George. We celebrate the importance of family life through regular events in school, such as our annual Mother’s and Father’s Day open afternoons.
Promoting Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different (or no) faiths
We hold daily assemblies which explore our school values through historical stories (e.g. Helen Keller or Dr Barnado) fictional stories, stories from religion, or myths (e.g. Farmer Duck, King Midas or the Good Samaritan), current affairs (e.g. sporting events such as the World Cup, or a natural disaster such as a hurricane) and other activities (such as quizzes, drama or role play). All assemblies actively promote respect and tolerance for all as well as the development of empathy and compassion. Some of these are written and led by children, at their own request.
Special annual assemblies include World Peace Day, Remembrance Day and Holocaust Memorial Day. Children discuss these ideas in the classes and contribute to the assemblies through art, poetry, music or drama.
Religious Education follows the Local Authority syllabus. A range of world religions is explored in depth through six whole-school theme days throughout the year. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and citizenship education are interwoven into our values-based and thematic curriculum. PSHE helps children learn to keep themselves safe as well as to learn about issues such as diversity. This enables children to learn about faiths and cultures in a purposeful and meaningful way, which promotes respect and tolerance for all.
The Prevent Duty
This duty requires schools and others to play their part in combating extremism. There is a link here to the DfE guidance document, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prevent-duty and you can read more about the how we meet our duty in our Safeguarding Policy. You can also download the document on this page, which shows how British values are promoted throughout the school as well as how children are helped to learn to become tolerant and respectful members of society. All staff have had training on this duty, and have taken an online awareness-raising course.