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British Values

Promoting British Values at Brookhill Leys

The Government 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.”

At Brookhill Leys these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy is promoted within all aspects of school life. Our children have their voices heard through our Junior Leadership Team and through Pupil Voice Surveys conducted by all subject leaders throughout the year. The elections of our JLT are based on the democratic process with nominees persuading their class why they should vote for them and elections then occurring. Additionally, each week, every class votes for its Children’s Champion (a child who has been a great role model) and is recognised in our celebration assembly. Finally, within lessons, our children are given the freedom to choose which learning challenge they want to take on. They are then free to change depending on whether they need more support or more of a challenge.

The Rule of Law
As a result of PSHE lessons, as well as whole school assemblies, the importance oflLaws are consistently reinforced throughout the school. Our children learn about why laws are important and what the consequences are when these are broken. We are regularly visited by the Police, Fire Service, St John Ambulance, ChildLine and DARE officers who help reinforce this message. Our children are involved in deciding their own class rules which they sign up to at the start of the school year.

Individual Liberty

At Brookhill Leys, we make it a priority to ensure that our children feel safe when making decisions by creating a supportive school environment. We teach our children what their rights are how to exercise these safely, for example through our anti-bullying week and via e-safety lessons. Whether it is through which challenge they are going to attempt in lessons or through which skill they are going to learn during STAR Time, our children are given the freedom to make choices and to respect the decisions and choices of others.

Mutual Respect

Brookhill Leys strives to ensure that our children show respect to each other. We often have lessons where children work and learn with others from other year groups with the aim of building relationships and respect across year groups. Displays around the school as well as our school rules and behaviour policy reiterate this. We encourage our children not only to be respectful at all times, but to also challenge each other if someone is not following this rule.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Through our RE and PSHE curriculum, we promote tolerance of the beliefs of others. Assemblies, talks from visitors and discussions regarding prejudices consolidate this learning. Finally, our curriculum incorporates teaching and learning opportunities for children to explore aspects of the wider world and an appreciation of cultural diversity as in for example – Festivals, Divali and Chinese New Year.