British Values Statement
Ashfield Valley Primary School is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.
We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Ashfield Valley is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The government emphasises 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 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five “British Values” are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We use strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils.
The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced at Ashfield Valley, with democratic processes used and illustrated in school, for example elections to the school council, and in the wider community, elections to the position of School’s Champion, or discussions of general elections and US presidential elections as they occur. The principle of democracy is explored in the history, RE and PSHE curriculum, as well as in assemblies.
The rule of law
The rule of law is enshrined in school life. Pupils are taught to distinguish right from wrong. Pupils are taught the school’s rules and expectations, and by extension, about the laws that govern life in Britain. They are taught the reasons behind the school rules and expectations, and by extension, the reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us. They are taught the consequences of breaking school rules, and by extension the consequences of breaking the law.
Visits from authorities such as the police or fire service reinforce these messages.
Pupils are encouraged to make independent choices, and to take responsibility for these choices. The staff provide secure boundaries for pupils to make informed choices in a safe environment. School staff guide and support pupils in making good choices.
Pupils are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and also to take responsibility for their choices. The school’s behaviour policy is built on the concept of making good or bad choices. Vulnerable pupils are protected and there is a strong anti-bullying culture at the school.
Respect is one of the core values of the school. Pupils know that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. They learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Staff act as role models of respect.
Mutual respect is embraced through the curriculum by providing the opportunity for pupils to express their views in a safe environment. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum in particular, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, including faith, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality and family groupings.
Children who are new to school are introduced to the school in assembly. The headteacher may explain a little bit about their background, so that pupils are aware, for example, if the new child is newly arrived in Britain and maybe does not yet speak English.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Four main world religions are taught in the RE curriculum: Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. The school takes pupils to visit a variety of places of worship, and also invites a variety of faith leaders in to school. The school ensures that the staff role model positive attitudes towards visits, for example, by ensuring that Muslim staff accompany church visits, and non-Muslim staff accompany mosque visits.
The school has a “determination” for collective worship. A wide range of religious traditions are reflected in assemblies, exploring both commonality and differences.
Community cohesion links
Ashfield Valley has a well established link with St Bartholomews CE Primary in Whitworth. Every child in Key Stage 2 has a penfriend at St Bartholomews. There are regular visits between the two schools.
We also exploit opportunities to make links with the wider community, through the local schools football league, through inter-school school council meetings, and through participation in projects such as “Young Voices” at the Manchester Arena.