To understand how they can influence decision making through a democratic process.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty
Pupils also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and pupil questionnaires. The elections of Pupil Council Members are based solely on pupil votes.
The School Council itself is led by a member of staff and adheres to democratic processes.
The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and RE curriculum as well as in assemblies.
The Rule of Law
To appreciate that living under the rule of law protects us and is essential for our wellbeing and safety.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days; when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us; the responsibilities that they hold and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Ambulance etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all staff understand and follow.
The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in our citizenship curriculum.
To understand that the freedom to choose is protected in law.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g, Mindmate Ambassadors, class rep’s, play leaders etc.
We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities etc, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
To understand that while people may hold different views, we may show respect towards them.
Part of our behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘Respect’. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These ideas are reiterated through the school rules. Circle time rules emphasise the ‘safe space’ to give opinions and share ideas.
Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of Mutual Respect through units of learning such as ‘What makes a community’ and ‘How can our choices make a difference’.
Through PE, we promote an attitude of equality and fairness.
On a general level, empathy, respect and tolerance are also taught within PSHE, Citizenship and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
To accept that others have different faiths or beliefs (or none) and these should be accepted and tolerated.
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 involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held.
We follow the Leeds agreed syllabus for RE which provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
At Raynville we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist views’.