According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
In Westerhope Primary School, we teach British values across the curriculum, with designated teaching time in our circle time and assemblies. We also have lots of visitors in to support this area of the curriculum.
We define democracy as a system of government by the whole population typically through elected representatives. You can see our life skills page to see how it is taught at Westerhope. And there are links to useful websites to support children's understanding at home.
The Rule of Law
The importance of having laws is stressed every day at school so that our school is a calm and safe place to be. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws which that govern and protect us. They are aware of the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. These are some of the ways that this is implemented within school.
Consistent behaviour system
Pupil of the Week Assembly
Meetings with Parents
Visits to and from people in authority
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. In Westerhope Primary School we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and a rich creative education. Some examples are as follows:
Differentiation within lessons
Extra Curriculum clubs to pursue their interests
Values promoted through curriculum
Westerhope's got talent
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety teaching.
Mutual Respect & Tolerance for Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Westerhope Primary we think respect and tolerance are a fundamental to the development of ever child and our school rules even represent this 'Treat all others and objects with respect.'
Respect and tolerance are vital in any civilised society, and have long been a key part of being British citizens. It is of the greatest importance that our children learn to understand and respect each other, and other members of our local and wider community. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions about diversity have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are also encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. This includes parents coming in to talk as well as pupils.