Promoting British Values at Padnell Infant School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rules of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs”. These values run throughout the school both in our policies and what we do day to day. They are also explicitly present in our RE and PSHE lessons and are discussed regularly.
At Padnell Infants these values are reinforced in the following ways:
Each year the children in each class work collaboratively to decide a set of expectations in the form of a class charter. These are written and signed by the children and displayed in class.
We have a School Council who are elected by their class. These children meet regularly with staff to express the views of all the children. As a result of their views our lunchtime charter was decided with children agreeing to try a more varied diet and not to waste so much food.
Children also have opportunity to put forward their ideas directly to the Headteacher which has led to formal meetings being held. For example, year 2 boys put forward their views about providing den building materials and together with the Headteacher they came up with the rules needed for these to be used safely by all.
Building on the children’s experience of elections, the school held its own election to vote for the names of its 4 chickens. Everyone in the school had to be marked off the electoral role and make their vote in the secure ballot booths. The School Council were then charged with counting the votes and revealing the winners.
The views of the children are gathered when discussing the curriculum content and where possible, delivery is driven by their input and interests as this leads to higher levels of engagement and greater success for all.
The Rule of Law
Pupils are taught from their first day at Padnell Infant School about what is expected of them as pupils in the school via the Behaviour for Learning Policy and our values: Giving Citizen, Resilient Learner, Original Thinker and Wise Worker (GROW).
Our Padnell Rangers and Forest Friends in each class change daily and act as role models for the day, taking on roles and responsibilities. Positions such as Lunchtime Waiters/Waitresses are applied for and children engage in interviews and training to carry out these roles and responsibilities. Classes continue this aspect in their own individual ways with class monitors.
The GROW values are embedded in every aspect of school life and are our expectations of everyone in the school community.
At Padnell Infant School our children are encouraged to make choices and take risks in a safe and supportive environment. Our year R area includes real life equipment such as bricks and planks of wood, encouraging children to risk assess. Pupils are encouraged to persevere and be resilient with their attitude towards learning. Children are taught how to keep safe when using the internet during lessons and with events such as E-Safety day where we explored what E-Safety means to us. Through our assemblies we teach the children to be safe when out and about and when with other people. Our night walk through the woods demonstrated how the wearing of high viz. jackets made going out in the dark much safer.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
We welcome and celebrate different faiths and cultures and therefore actively promote and highlight diversity. Our PSHE and RE curriculum, visitors to the school and use of whole school collective worship help to share information with all the children. Our current affairs assembly, where children bring in their own articles, act as a springboard for discussions about cultures, beliefs and faiths. As a school we are committed to helping others both locally, in the UK and globally. Our children contribute to how we raise money to support others. For example an assembly on the flooding experienced by a school in Yorkshire led to a year 1 child suggesting the children all went home to do a few chores and the money they earned could be sent to help the schools replace the children’s toys. This resulted in a cheque for £312 being sent . In addition, a visit from the NSPCC resulted in a fitness day raising over £3000.