Promoting British Values at our School
The DfE have highlighted the need to ‘create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, therule of law, individual liberty and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
The Government set out its definition of British values in 2011 prevent Strategy and theses values were reiterated in 2014. At Oakfield these values and principles are promoted by giving our pupils a sense of belonging both in school, the wider community and the country in which they live.
We believe that our pupils should acquire knowledge of both the past and the present which informs them of how British values have been shaped. We ensure our pupils gain a sense of enjoyment and curiosity in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
We have a School Council which meets regularly with the Deputy Head to discuss issues raised from each class. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class. School Council follow democratic processes in running the Council. We seek thechildren’s’ views and opinions on a range of school and community issues.
We hold annual elections for Head Girl and Head Boy. Candidates from Year 6 who put themselves forward for election present their election campaign in whole school assembly. Elections are then held with all pupils and staff voting, then election results are announced in assembly. We elect School House/Team Captains and class Buddies.
We teach the children to children to respect public institutions and services. In Years 5 & 6 they learn about democracy through their Ancient Greece topic.
Pupils, parents/carers are consulted through questionnaires on a range of topics. Children choose and vote for Golden Time activities and treats.
Children take part in the Hampshire Illustrated Book award where they have to vote for their favourite book based on merits (Year 5).
For the full details of how we teach and support British Values please download this PDF: