Promoting British values
We agree with the Department for Education’s five part definition of British Values: • Democracy • The rule of law • Individual liberty • Mutual respect • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We believe it is incredibly important that these British Values permeate through every school in the country. At Buckden Primary School you will encounter these values throughout our everyday school life. We believe that our Christian identity plays an important role in upholding British Values within our school community. Our values are underpinned in our school creed which correlates with our British Values. Below is just a snap shot of how we promote these values in our school community:
Pupil voice plays a big part in life at Buckden. Our pupil elected School Parliament play a strong role in our school. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making Buckden a better place to learn. Pupils have input in their learning and what they would like to learn which promotes pupil voice. Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the school parliament and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future. This year our School Parliament has voted for a Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State to bring ideas forward to the Senior Leadership Team and have helped to run key stage debates. Each child gets to demonstrate their pupil voice during their Assertive Mentoring Learning Conferences about their own learning. All children also have the opportunity to discuss with the senior leadership team expectations during pupil work scrutinies.
The Rule of Law:
Our pupils will 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. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of their class rules helps them to understand the reasons behind rules and the consequences if rules are broken.
We invest a lot of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, how to complete the learning tasks is often left for the child to decide upon. We offer a large range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our E-Safety, RE and PSHE sessions, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms, as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At Buckden 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.
Our pupils learn together with absolute respect for each other. We change learning partners regularly and every pupil knows that we respect and appreciate each other; no matter what differences may exist. Our school ethos emphasises how as a school we unite together and support each other. Mutual respect is at the core of our school life.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
Whilst we are a Church of England School, we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. Parents and leaders of different faiths are welcomed to the school to share their beliefs. At Buckden 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.