British Values Statement
At Wigmore Primary School we are fortunate that our pupils, their families, our staff and other partners represent a diverse range of home backgrounds. As well as the core curriculum we teach a broad, skills based, creative curriculum. It also incorporates the interests of pupils and supports them in becoming good local, national and global citizens of the future.
The Department for Education states 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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
Our school reflects British values and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) in all that we do. We nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they grow in to caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.
At Wigmore, we actively promote British values in the following ways:
Pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school. They are able to do this in a number of ways: the school council take an active role, questionnaires and surveys; certain curriculum topics, like ‘What did the Greeks do for us? ‘ are geared to towards exploring democracy itself, younger pupils are given opportunities to reflect on what makes something fair, teachers are consulted in decision making processes about the school, children’s voices are heard and have an appropriate influence on the running of the school, concepts are explored in assemblies.
Rule of Law
We have a clear positive behaviour policy, based on an assertive discipline approach which helps pupils to make good choices about their behaviour. The school follows the same set of rules and these are displayed in each class room. Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and in the playground. Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Wigmore enjoys visits from services, such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services to help reinforce the message and where possible the childrens' own parents who work in such services are also invited into school.
At school, pupils are encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, e.g. Challenging themselves in their learning. They are supported to develop self-knowledge, self-confidence and a growth mindset in all areas of school life. Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way; children’s rights are taught through PSHE & C (Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship), SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects Learning), age appropriate SRE (Sex & Relationships Education) lessons, Values assemblies and visitor talks (NSPCC). The children have key responsibilities in school like being a monitor, house captain library monitor, class buddy for a child new to the school and or new to England.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is one of our school’s core values. Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. We help them to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. Links with local faith communities and visits to places of worship is promoted and people from different faiths are invited to school to share their experiences in assemblies and in class. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum, Values assemblies and class teacher interactions, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people. We offer a rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied. Through our skills based curriculum we learn about the world in topics, this gives a chance to explore the value of tolerance, especially within RE, History, PE and our SEAL lessons. Our displays reflect our approach.