We aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure that young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
At Ferrars Junior School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance:
Schools should ensure that they promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain
As a school we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching as it teaches tolerance and respect in our community and for the wider world.
Regular assemblies promote our 6Rs; Respect, Readiness, Responsibility, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness and key national and international events and festivals throughout the year. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PHSCE and RE lessons and informally on a day to day basis.
We work closely with families organising events to share experiences and cultures. We also work closely with organisations such as Adult Learning and Job Centre Plus to provide opportunities and pathways for parents.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) includes the development of eight personal goals communication, thoughtfulness, co-operation, respect and adaptability it is also unique in defining international learning goals that help pupils begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international, global and intercultural perspective and develop a sense of ‘international mindedness’. Each IPC unit has embedded within it, across the different subjects, learning-focused activities that help pupils start developing a global awareness and gain an increasing sense of themselves, their community and the world around them, as well as inspiring positive action and engagement with global issues.
Democracy is clearly evident within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires and pupil conferences. The elections of House Captains are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country is regularly reinforced. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, 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; Fire Service; Ambulance etc help reinforce this message. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in PHSCE.
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 pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PHSCE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record work and home learning, lunch options, participation in extra-curricular activities and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around the core values of the 6Rs, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These ideas are reiterated through the school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Additional support is given to individual children to help develop self – esteem and the concept of respect and responsibility for themselves and others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
We are a culturally diverse school and give children the opportunities to discuss and celebrate our similarities and differences. A key theme is tolerance and the ability to reflect on how we, together, make a happy cohesive community. Assemblies involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held, we also follow the Luton Agreed syllabus for RE and use the SEAL materials to enhance PHSCE teaching.
We are very proud of our school community as we feel we are a true reflection of Britain today.