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.”
At Palfrey Junior School British Values is an integral part of our curriculum and is included in all planning. For further information please refer our British Values Policy.
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Palfrey Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is active within school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.
The importance of law, is embedded throughout the curriculum, as well as when dealing with behaviour and in school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind law, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police or the Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Go Givers Sessions. Children are offered a choice of after school clubs and cross federation events.
The school promotes respect for self, peers and others through our curriculum, our behaviour system and our day to day conduct.
Palfrey Junior is a multi-cultural school. Throughout the year we celebrate diversity of culture and religion. We follow Walsall SACRE R.E syllabus which enables children to be taught about different faiths, through the curriculum, special themed events and visitors.