These are incorporated into our values that we explore with the children through our focus on key values every week. At Bitham Brook Primary School, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and celebrate these through our curriculum and teaching. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to our culture and our history. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At Bitham Brook Primary School we actively promote British Values, as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school vision, curriculum and teaching: ‘… ensure that they and the school 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…’
Our vision is that children will be the best that they can be in three key areas:-
◾Head - Children as successful learners - who enjoy independent learning and are creative, critical thinkers that make progress and achieve.
◾Heart - Children as resilient individuals - who are confident and articulate, able competitors equipped to engage in the challenges of modern life and are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
◾Hands - Children as responsible citizens - good team members whose efforts contribute to group success, who care for the community and environment, showing mutual respect and tolerance and make a positive contribution to society.
We held a British Values Theme Day on 27th January, coinciding with a visit to the school by Dr Andrew Murrison, our local MP. To prepare for this, the older children explored the ideas in the booklet below:
Parliamentary Laws and You for Key Stage Two
On Election Day 8th June 2017 we held an election in school and every child visited the 'Polling Station' and cast their vote! A detailed account can be found in Newsletter Number 33 on our Newsletters page!
We address the three main areas of head, Heart and Hands through our curriculum, our teaching and the values that we promote through our school assemblies and which are followed up in the classroom. These values are:-
◾‘I can do it!’ - Independence
◾ ‘Reach for the Stars’ - Raising aspiration
◾ ‘Stick at it’ - Developing resilience
◾‘Have a go!’ - Risk-taking
◾‘Open your Mind’ - Cultural Awareness
◾ ‘We are stronger together’ - Building teamwork
The government defines British values as:
◾Rule of law
◾Tolerance of those of different faiths