Promoting British Values at Sutton Park Primary School
At Sutton Park Primary School, we understand that the world we live in is ever changing at local, national and global levels. Our city of Hull is becoming increasingly diverse and we believe our children, families and community have the right to find their own place within it. We are committed to ensuring our pupils receive a high quality education through an enriched curriculum that reflects the diversity of our community. We value and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of everyone at our school. We also value and celebrate being part of Britain.
Sutton Park Primary School aims to actively promote this through the ethos and aims of our school which are underpinned by the fundamental British values of:
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.
In school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as:
- Teaching children how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
- Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain.
- The fair process for children’s positions of responsibility.
- Children elect peers to represent them as part of the School Council.
- Children’s Voice on key school decisions through School Council representative.
Rule of Law
In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.
- Ensuring our schools rules and expectations are clear and understood and followed by all.
- Supporting children to distinguish right from wrong using our three rights: right to respect, right to learn and right to be safe.
- Supporting children to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
- Supporting children to understand that living under the law protects individuals.
- Marking and feedback, as well as homework policies, set clear boundaries which are explained clearly to children.
In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:
Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.
- Supporting children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Whole school approach using the restorative practice.
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights, through the use of restorative leaders.
- Implementing a strong anti-bullying culture.
- Children are encouraged to voice views in lessons in a formative manner.
- The access to a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs.
- Elements of choice of the school lunches within healthy boundaries.
Tolerance and understanding
The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated and the ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that may differ from one’s own.
In school we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:
- School ethos statement linked to our three rights.
- Supporting children to acquire understanding and respect for their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- The enforcement of a uniform for all children and a smart dress code for staff.
- Wellbeing promotes mutual respect through the skills developed in assemblies and PSHE sessions (floor books).