Social, Moral, Spirtual and Cultural Education incorporating British Values
The Department for Education state that there is a 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Calder Primary School these values are embedded in our broad and balanced curriculum and our school ethos and values.
Democracy is embedded at our school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
Each year group elects a member of our school council each year. The school council meet regularly with Mrs Lambert and give the views and suggestions of their class on subjects such as road safety and improving the learning environment. The school council are also part of the Calder Valley Inter-School Council. This group works together on important local issues as well as organising community events such as learning a sign language song for the summer singing extravaganza. The council also meet with Hebden Royd Town Council each year and feedback ideas for how to develop our area as part of the local plan.
Each summer every member of school has an equal vote in choosing the pupil to receive the award for 'ambassador for school' at our awards assembly, demonstrating democracy in action.
Pupils are invited to share their views in our annual pupil questionnaire, and the results of this and actions moving forward are shared in assembly. As part of our work towards our Food For Life Award, pupils were asked about their lunchtime experiences and how we could further improve them and they are delighted with the results.
the rule of law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has ‘Golden Rules’, which are embedded across school every day. We hold an achievement assembly each Friday with parents and carers where we celebrate achievements and following our golden rules such as respecting all pupils and trying our best with our work.
Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We have visits from local Councillors, police and the fire brigade to reinforce these messages and our Year 3/4 pupils receive training in being Junior Wardens. This is also embedded in our PSHCE education with education sessions on drugs and alcohol for Year 5/6 with Branching Out.
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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely such as through e-safety sessions and P.S.H.E. lessons.
Respect is one of the core values of our school and is part of our Golden Rules. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small, and this is reinforced through PSHCE lessons, assemblies and celebration of Golden Rules.
tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Calder Primary School follows the Calderdale Agreed Syllabus for RE which develops pupils knowledge and understanding of religions and world views; allows them to express ideas and insights about questions of belief and meaning and gives the opportunity to investigate and respond to important questions for individuals and the wider community. We also enhance pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through P.S.H.E. work; visits to other schools and events in different settings to ours; welcoming visitors to school and enjoying a depth of study through museum visits and visits to religious buildings.