Statement on British Values
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Newton Road 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.
The school accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by the Nene Education Trust regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It serves to seek all.
The Government emphasizes that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The Government set out its definition of British Values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils. Here are some examples of when British Values are shared.
Curriculum themes and topics
Our curriculum prepares children for life in British society, this includes developing the understanding and use of money, effective reading and writing skills, collaboration and discussion to research ideas and concepts. Curriculum themes include historical and geographical study in the context of the United Kingdom as well as national and international comparisons. Topic examples include: The village that vanished, Celebrations and Conflict. Every Christmas the performances of KS1 children are based on the Christian faith with a traditional Nativity play. In addition to our curriculum themes and topics, the children have many exciting opportunities, which include developing their leadership skills and organising fundraising for charities in our local community.
Mutual respect is also taught within formal PSHE through the use of Jigsaw and through an informal nature throughout the school days. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety Policy and PSHE work on Keeping Myself Safe.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in RE as children gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices for those religions represented in the UK. Planning for RE is through the use of Discovery RE, which the school links with the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus.
Promotion of the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat and participating in activities that promote cooperation with others and inclusion for all.
Promotion of democratic processes occurs through the election of our school council representatives and group action to address needs and concerns. Democratic processes are also part of the children’s curriculum and often part of whole school events.
Involvement in Key Local and National Events
In recent years, we have marked Remembrance of WW1 with special events, celebrated the royal wedding, supported national and local charities and had a range of assemblies and themed lessons.
For further information on how the school seeks to promote key British Values please look at the phase long term and medium term plans, or contact the school.