Otterburn First School and British Values
At Otterburn First School we aim to prepare our children for success in modern Britain so are therefore very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values.
We aim to broaden horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted throughout the school.
At Otterburn First School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We teach these values through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PHSE) and Religious Education (RE) as well as planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Our School is run through embodying respect, democracy and tolerance of all. We take an active approach to promote British Values through our assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
At Otterburn First School these values are reinforced regularly by having a weekly focus on our guiding principles:
- We welcome challenges.
- We respect others and work together.
- We take responsibility for our actions.
- We take pride in ourselves, our work, our school and our community.
- We celebrate our achievements and the achievements of others.
- We care for our environment.
Values are also reinforced in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our School. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The election of members of the School Council is based on pupil votes. The staff and children have worked together and have agreed guiding principles that we at Otterburn First School actively work and live by. These principles are available in each classroom and in the main corridor. They are actively used by children and an adult influencing what is an agreed acceptable behaviour.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the School or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our behaviour principles are clear and children are given verbal guidance and warnings. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the principle they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. The School rewards children for good behaviour and living their life by the chosen set of rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PHSE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs and choosing the level of challenge in some lessons.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community. Assemblies are based on how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Anti-bullying assemblies and programmes on human rights teaching, all reflect our commitment to mutual respect. Equally our charity work and invitations to charities to come into our School all help in teaching mutual respect as well as reinforcing our links with the local community. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in anyway.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We endeavour to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by provide them with opportunities to experience such diversity. Teaching and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been following and supported by learning in RE and PHSE. We encourage children to research and establish the differences and similarities between us and our European neighbours. As a School we make the most of opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in other countries.