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British Values and SMSC

 

Promoting British Values at Brighton Avenue Primary School

The Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values is:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

At Brighton Avenue, children will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. Listed below are some examples of how we promote British values in our school community:

 

Democracy

Pupil voice is at the heart of our school. The pupil elected school council plays a strong role in our school. They are elected, after completing an application form by their class peers and are involved in making our school a better place to learn. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will support children’s understanding of democracy in the future. Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. Subject Leaders also interview groups of mixed ability children (Y1-Y6) to find out their thoughts and opinions on the wide range of subjects across Brighton Avenue.

We have welcomed visitors into school to help pupils understand how democracy works in England. Gateshead Councillors have led a whole school assembly to discuss the history of parliament and an overview of the democratic voting system.

 

The Rule of Law

Our pupils encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.

This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. We allow many opportunities to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.

 

Individual Liberty

All work together to create a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Making the right choices and being responsible for those are important principles at Brighton Avenue Primary School, which are reinforced in every year group. We encourage children to choose tasks that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. We believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.

 

Mutual respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our school life. Children learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is often commented upon by our Governors and visitors into school, as it is clearly evident when walking around school and in the classrooms.

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Brighton Avenue Primary we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are celebrated, studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.

 

SMSC

Much of the evidence of our British Values work comes through the SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural) curriculum we offer our pupils.

Spiritual

  • Reverend Meg leads regularly visits each class in the school.
  • All pupils took part in the Harvest Festival celebration for the local community.
  • Christmas productions celebrating traditional customs and customs from across the world.
  • Festivals from other cultures are celebrated across school as a whole school topics, as part of the curriculum – eg: see Diwali and Chinese New Year.
  • Assemblies are structured throughout the year to reflect important events/festivals from other cultures.

 

Moral

  • Harvest festival which gained donations for the local food bank and the People’s Kitchen.
  • Selling poppies and leading assemblies about remembrance.
  • The Fire Brigade led Fire safety sessions with Y1 and Y5 pupils.
  • Anti-Bullying Week including E Safety Parents assemblies and information sheets
  • Fundraising for Children in Need, Comic Relief and nominated charities by the school council
  • KS2 Show Racism the Red Card assembly.

 

Social

  • Welcome meetings/Meet the Teacher sessions at the start of the year.
  • Theme sharing afternoons.
  • Parent Coffee mornings, eg raising money for Macmillan
  • Christmas Fair.
  • Family Night.
  • Celebration assemblies for parents/ family members, eg Y6, Y2 and Reception transition.
  • Pupil of the Week assembly is held every Friday to reward children for hard work and effort.
  • Every child in school went on a trip / had a visitor in school every half term and Year 6 pupils enjoyed a residential visit to Robinwood, Alston. All trips are the majority funded by school.
  • Outdoor learning garden project involving parents.
  • Christmas discos.
  • Fund raising events, held by every class, to raise money across the school.
  • Stay and Play sessions in Foundation Stage.
  • Olympic pole vaulter – Sally Scott – completed a circuit training session with all the children and held an assembly.

 

Cultural

  • Children in Y2 and Y4 have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder and guitar
  • Y6 Leavers production in the Summer Term.
  • Y2 transition assembly in the Summer Term.
  • Reception transition assembly in the Summer Term.
  • Family Night.
  • All classes participate in class visits / have a visitor every half term.
  • French day.
  • Chinese New Year celebration day.
  • Macmillan coffee morning.
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