British Values at Our School

In each class, two areas of the fundamental British Values are taught per year so there is a two year cycle throughout our school. For example, Year 3 are taught 'Democracy' and 'Individual Liberty' whilst Year 4 are taught' Mutual Respect, Tolerance & Diversity' plus 'Rule of Law'. Please see our Long Term Plan (LTP) attachment. We follow a planned scheme of work devised by the 'Schools Linking Project' www.schoolslinking.org.uk. Central to each plan is an age-appropriate book. For example, 'Individual Liberty' is based on the book, 'Only One You' by Linda Kranz.

The programme of study (Schools Linking Project) helps :

  •  Foster understanding of Identity, Diversity, Community, Equality
  •  Develop social skills
  •  Support Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils including British values
  •  Promotes achievement
  •  Learning to live in a changing and complex global world

Other examples of British Values in action within our school are developed by:

Democracy - strong school council, our children know that their voice is valued and listened to by adults in school.

Individual liberty - pupil’s awareness of their choice and freedoms in school and in their own life now and in the future.

Rule of law - make links to importance of school rules and values and that the law applies to everyone

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (and those without faith) identify , continue and build on existing good practice in collective worship, assemblies, RE topics ,other links to curriculum topics, circle time, relationships and lunchtime clubs.

Please click on the link to view our latest British Values Policy.

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Democracy

Within the early years this is all about making decisions together, it focusses heavenly on children’s self confidence and self awareness- linked to children’s PSHE

Our teachers support and encourage children to help them understand that their views count and that they should express them. By encouraging children to express their views it will teach children to values each others and talk about their feelings. With the older children there may be many occasions where children are encouraged to share their views for example when changing the home corner and role play area around the children are asked what they would like to see in there and this is achieved by asking them to put their hands up.

For the younger children teachers support decision making by providing activities that involve turn taking, sharing and collaboration. Children need to be given these opportunities as it will begin to develop their minds and help them understand about why decisions are made.

Rule of Law

Rule of Law is about understanding rules.  It focuses on managing children’s feelings and behaviour - Linked to children’s PSHE.

To help children manage their feelings and behaviours teachers help children understand their own and others behaviours, children need to learn to distinguish right from wrong. We ensure our behaviour management policy is being followed and is consistent; we also use 'Always Rules' in every class to reinforce certain behaviour.

For young children it can be hard to teach them about rules, but by being consistent with regards to our behaviour management policy children will begin to learn right from wrong. We also teach the topic theme 'People Who Help Us' this includes teaching children about the police and usually the police visit our school.

A great way to help children fully understanding about rules is to let them be involved in the process of creating the rules eg. rules about tidying up etc.

Individual Liberty

This is all about children’s freedom for all, it again focuses on children self-confidence and self-awareness as well as people and communities.

Children need to be encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves, to help achieve this teachers provide opportunities to help children develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities. This is done by allowing children to take risks indoors and outdoors for example on a climbing frame outdoors, or by mixing colours with paint, an activity that allows children to take that risk will help build those confidence skills.

During every day practice we find time to have small discussions with children about how they feel about certain situations eg. moving on from Nursery to Reception and moving from Year 2 (infants KS1) to Year 3 (juniors KS2), this discussions allows children to explore the language of feelings and it gives opportunities for children to express themselves and understand that children have different opinions.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

This concentrates on treating others as you want to be treated; it focuses on people and communities, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships.

We as teachers take responsibility to create an environment that is inclusive, it should respect and value views, faiths, cultures and races. 

It is also important that children are engaged with their wider community and that they are encouraged to take the time to look what is around them and actively get involved.  St Thomas' Leesfield also take part in the Community Cohesion/Linking Project where we are linked to another Oldham School.  Our two focus classes are Year 3 and Year 5.  We carry out visits together to celebrate our diversity including going to Gallery Oldham and Castleshaw where we can engage nd interact with each other in fun and stimulating environments.

Children should be encouraged to show respect for their own culture and of others, to help support this we learn about celebrations and traditions from different cultures, where appropriate we involve parents and grandparents. Joining in other cultural celebrations is a great way for children to learn and share other customs.

Counter Extremism

Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

In response to this challenging and serious new responsibility, LGfL has worked with leading extremism experts specialising in ISIS and the far right to provide information, insights and advice to help schools navigate this difficult area.

www.counterextremism.com/