Promoting British Values
The Department for Education 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.”
These values are interwoven within the curriculum of Greenfields Junior School and are promoted in the following ways:
Greenfields Junior School has an active School Council and Eco Warrior body. Children have the opportunity to put themselves forward for roles within these, with each class represented. The School Council and Eco Warriors body are run by elected committees. Children who want to apply for the roles are voted for after presenting their ideas and answering questions. The School Council meets every regularly to discuss issues or concerns raised by their peers and other wider school issues. Further information about the role of the School Council at GJS can be found here (link to School Council Page)
The Rule of Law
The children learn about the importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the wider community. The children are taught the rules of the school, which we refer to as our Golden Rules and BAM. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws and the responsibilities that come with choice. Regular visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Our School Councilors, Eco Warriors, Colour Team Captains and Junior Road Safety Officers support their peers in thinking through the choices that they make, for example discussing the importance of recycling and adhering to the Highway Code.
The children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our children to make informed choices. They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons, supported by visits by NSPCC and work with CEOPS.
Mutual Respect is modelled throughout the school and is a regular point of discussion during assemblies, circle time and PSHE. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
At GJS our PHSE sessions regularly encompass the above issues and children are encouraged to think widely and critically about challenging issues. The children are provided with regular opportunities to work alongside children from other schools and backgrounds, for example competing in sports, taking part in music festivals and local cluster learning challenges.