At Emersons Green Primary school we believe that much of the work we do through our Curriculum complements ‘Fundamental British Values’ (as described by the Government as: Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance).
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Below are some specific examples of democracy in action at Emersons Green Primary School:
School Council: Our elected school council, comprising two children from each year group, meets fortnightly and looks at ways to improve our school.
Circle Time: In every class, circle time is used to discuss issues and resolve problems.
PSHE/ Citizenship: PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) is taught in every year group and includes aspects of democracy.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules and laws are broken. This is reinforced through the schools Behavior Policy.
Within school, 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
The school aim of ‘Learning Together, Achieving Together’, along with the schools motto ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’ has respect firmly at its core. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. This ethos is evident throughout the school and is firmly embedded through Celebration Assemblies and Family Challenges.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Emersons Green Primary School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work and welcoming visitors from other schools and settings and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks. Beliefs, traditions and customs will be studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.