Every Child Matters within a loving and caring Christian environment
Promoting Fundamental British Values
Colsterworth Church of England Primary 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 rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year in Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools, DfE November 2014.
We have a vision of a community in which each person is offered the opportunity to fulfil their potential and to understand themselves to be valued for who they are. Through a stimulating and challenging learning environment, we pursue academic excellence and seek the flourishing of all members of the school community. As an inclusive and caring church school, our commitment is to help pupils become thoughtful, open-minded and compassionate human beings who have the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to bring about positive transformation in the world.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” John Wesley
We firmly believe that our broad, balanced, relevant and engaging curriculum, which is underpinned by the British Values that our children live out, helps our pupils to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills and prepares the children of Colsterworth Church of England Primary School effectively for life in modern Britain.
At Colsterworth we respect essential life values that we know enable children to flourish as individuals and as part of our school family. These life values along with our Christian Values and British Values are embedded and reinforced regularly within daily school life.
Within a loving and caring Christian environment we have our ‘High Five’:
Our ‘High Five’ serves to empower the children with positive guidance:
It is in the context of our key values that this statement should be read.
We actively teach and promote Fundamental British values in the following ways:
We have a student council which has two representatives from each class, who are voted for at the beginning of each year by their class mates. The council meets regularly with Mrs Helliwell to discuss issues raised in class council meetings.
The council has the chance to vote for the charities which the school supports and helps to decide on the fund raising activities. In addition to this, as a Church of England School, we are committed to support the Children’s Society and Christian Aid charities annually. This is an example of how British Values are interlinked. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Recent examples of this are the decision to adopt the High Five poster; creation of the playground charter, relating to our Christian Values of Respect and Trust combined with the UNICEF articles; leading the UNICEF Day For Change In Upper Key Stage 2 children have opportunity to take positions of responsibility, such as monitor roles and peer mediators.
At the start of every school year, the children are able to put forward their views about the school. Issues arising from this are fed into the school improvement plan.
Each class has a Collective Worship Representative who work alongside the RE co-ordinator to take ownership of Collective Worship and Reflection Areas around school. Each class is given the opportunity to voice their ideas and expectations to the Representative which are shared in regular meetings.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at Colsterworth.
As a Rights Respecting School, children devise a Class Charter in conjunction with their teachers. Children and adults sign to say that they will follow the charter which focus on rights and responsibilities.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws. They learn that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Visits from authorities such as the local Clergy, Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Religious Education throughout the school uses examples of religious texts to help pupils to be guided by the teachings of Jesus and other religious figures of authority to influence their behaviour and life choices.
Pupils’ pride in the school is shown by their excellent conduct, manners and punctuality. This is evidenced by lesson and general observations in and out of school as well as discussions with pupils and feedback from feeder schools and places we visit. This has been achieved through the embedding of our core Christian values, supportive parents and governors and high expectations of behaviour and learning from ALL staff. Our pupils can all articulate our school values and their learning targets, which are prominently displayed around the school and can talk about how these values relate to their behaviour and relationships within school.
The concept of Respect and Take Care is central to the way we live our lives in school. We respect and take care of ourselves, we respect and take care of others, we respect and take care of our school and take care of the environment and God’s world in which we live.
At Colsterworth, 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
The pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is well developed. We encourage our pupils to achieve their very best and to broaden their education to enable them to make informed decisions later in life as broad-minded and knowledgeable citizens. Pupils can reflect on their experiences in school, demonstrating imaginative and creative approaches and their curiosity for learning. They have a well-developed understanding of right and wrong through the use of positive role models within school, the local community and world religions. Our embedded Christian Values enable them to understand potential right and wrong choices.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through Collective Worship, our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
We aim to have a strong Anti-Bullying culture at Colsterworth Church of England Primary Academy. Any issues are dealt with swiftly and a restorative justice approach is used. (See Behaviour Policy on website.)
Whether it is through our approach to our curriculum, a choice of challenge, how they record their work or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices throughout their time at the school.
Pupils are taught at an age appropriate stage about health, medicines, drugs, relationships and puberty.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values.
Through our carefully chosen daily Collective Worship themes, PHSE lessons (using SEAL resources) and circle times, children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and responsibilities and those of others.
All members of the school community treat each other with respect and care.
We have a raft of policies including SEND and Equality, agreed by all stakeholders which reinforce our commitment to valuing individuality and inclusion of all.
School has a reputation for sporting excellence.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
We actively promote diversity through our learning about different faiths and cultures.
Collective Worship, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
Members of different faiths and religions are invited into school, to share their experiences, knowledge and faith to enhance learning for all age groups. Where possible, the children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths including the local Church.
Being part of Britain:
We value and celebrate being part of a multicultural Britain. Although we are guided by the Christian Liturgical calendar and fully celebrate the key events including: Harvest, Advent, Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Lent, Easter and Saint’s Days. We also show respect for and learn about key events from other cultures and Religions such as Diwali, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah, Hajj, Chinese New Year, Passover, Ramadan, and Hanukah.
We also celebrate national events such as the Queen’s birthday, the Olympics and Paralympics.
Further, children learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives.
Geographically, they learn about their local environment and compare it with different places all around Great Britain, celebrating the diversity of people, faith, customs and landscape.
Historically, the children learn about British history. This spans across many centuries and includes; the Viking settlers, The Great Fire of London, World War 2 and many famous British people, saints and inventors.