At Chaucer Junior School, we value the diversity and backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider community. Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, generous, democratic, responsible and respectful adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our pupils to be creative, unique, open minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
The Department for Education states that there is a need:
‘To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental
- Democracy: respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
- The rule of law: respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England.
- Individual liberty: support and respect for the liberties of all within the law.
- Mutual respect and tolerance: support for equality and opportunity for all and respect and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.
The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:
- Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process.
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England.
- Support for equality of opportunity for all.
- Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law.
- Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs.
Our school and academy core values underpin our ethos and are evident throughout all aspects of our curriculum:
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These values are utilised in conjunction with fundamental British Values, which are promoted in the following ways.
- We encourage a democratic culture where our pupils are empowered to make a meaningful contribution to decisions that directly relate to themselves. Pupils also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil surveys and the use of ‘pupil voice’.
- We have an active School Parliament who make a valuable contribution to outcomes throughout the school. These members are elected by their peers and all pupils have an involvement in this democratic process.
- Our pupils are encouraged to develop an open mind in an environment where enquiry is encouraged and questions are valued.
- Opportunities for elections and processes where pupils are encouraged to vote are woven into our curriculum and additional opportunities are identified in line with local and national events.
- Encourage children to be aware of injustice, perceived or real and think about ways in which we can challenge through school processes or in the wider world, Charity Fundraising initiatives and awareness raising campaigns
- We share examples of stories linked to democracy, discussing the challenges faced around the world and in history; for example, looking at ‘equality’ linked to the suffragettes and women’s rights around the world today
- Democracy is embedded within our school curriculum, for example, in learning about the history of democracy in Ancient Greece and the changes through history in who is allowed to vote. Political dimensions of our topics are explored wherever appropriate to do so.
- Our core values are integral to our behaviour policy and enable our pupils to effectively understand the difference between right and wrong. Pupils are supported to distinguish between right and wrong in the classroom, during assembly and on the playground and are instrumental, through consultation, in identifying their own appropriate rewards and sanctions.
- Our expectations of pupils are clear, fair, actively promoted and positively reinforced. Expectations are reinforced through a restorative discussion between pupils and staff.
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the civil and criminal law. They spend time reflecting on their behaviours and the impact that this has on others.
- Our Behaviour Policy helps to ensure that children understand how to behave in a positive way that helps to create a good learning environment. Our reward system of house points and certificates reinforces this.
- Our pupils are encouraged to be independent learners and are given the freedom to make their own choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment
- Our safe and supportive classroom environments promote a culture where positive self-image and self -esteem are fostered to increase pupils’ confidence in their own abilities.
- Some pupils carry out the role of ‘Junior Leader’ at lunchtimes where they help to organise activities with other pupils in order to enable them to have enjoyable playtimes. This fosters a mutual respect between all parties across a range of ages.
- Through our class, group and individual THRIVE targets pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviours and explore the language of emotions, enabling them to reflect on differences and understand that we are all free to have our own opinions.
- Children’s achievements are celebrated in assemblies to instill in them a sense of worth and create ambitious pupils who believe in themselves and their self-worth. We run many extra-curricular clubs which enable children to explore their own interests, find new hobbies and achieve successes. The school achieved an Artsmark Gold and Gold Sportsmark in recognition of the opportunities we offer in these areas.
- Through a structured Personal Development curriculum, stereotypes are challenged and a strong anti-bullying culture is embedded where pupils are encouraged to challenge any form of bullying.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in the school e.g. Junior Leaders, School MPs, Ambassadors
- Respect underpins our school rules. Children are taught to respect others regardless of their individual differences. Bullying of any kind is not tolerated and our approach to dealing with bullying incidents is written in our Anti-Bullying policy. Regular assemblies focus on respect to ensure that our pupils have a thorough understanding of what is expected and how to demonstrate respect.
- Through our structured Personal Development and RE curriculum, diversity and equality are valued. Pupils discuss their understanding of other cultures, faiths, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality, differences in family situations and develop respectful attitudes.
- Through RE lessons linked to our curriculum, our pupils acquire a respect for their own and other cultures.
- Links, visitors and visits are actively promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. These help the children to build understanding of different people and their belief systems that may hold both similarities and differences to their own.
- A range of resources are utilised throughout the Academy to ensure that diversity is valued and represented. Our Learning Journeys facilitate this.
- We encourage our pupils to have a positive influence on the local community and to engage in community wide projects.
- Each year, we take part in the annual Remembrance Day celebrations where the school carries out a commemoration service at Park Cemetery where we remember those who gave their lives for the country.
Showcasing displays of British Values