The DFE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
At Raynville these values are reinforced regularly across our curriculum:
Democracy – At Raynville our children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council reports to the Headteacher and governors and is able to effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Small groups of children meet to have discussions with the Headteacher at a tea party each week. Our children complete a questionnaire enabling them to put forward their views about the school. In Year 6 our children learn about the British Parliamentary system and debate.
The Rule of Law – Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, as well as the consequences when laws are broken. The importance of Raynville’s “Laws” or School Rules, is reinforced throughout the day as staff implement our Behaviour Policy. Meanwhile school assemblies and class lessons contribute to pupil understanding. Our policy promotes positive behaviour and sanctions are consistently applied by staff across school when the laws of our school community are broken. Restorative Practice plays an important role. Teaching staff work with pupils to help them fully appreciate the impact of their inappropriate actions, and then to move on positively. The school council helped to write the rules in 2015 and they are involved in our reviews of the behaviour policy.
Individual Liberty – Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices e.g. participating in after-school clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons, organising the recording of their work, planning assemblies and presentations. Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights.