British Values Statement
Shoreside Primary School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Shoreside Primary School is dedicated to preparing students for their lives beyond primary school and seeks to ensure that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways that Shoreside Primary School seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Shoreside Primary School, with democratic processes being used for the election of school councillors who seek the views of and represent their classmates in that forum. Our school is also used as a polling station and occasions such as local, national and European elections are discussed in contexts such as assembly. We also celebrate key national events such as royal jubilees and thereby recognise the importance of the institutions of our state. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Shoreside.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by our school and class rules. We have high expectations of our children and their behaviour. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police reinforce this message.
At Shoreside, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Shoreside educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and PSHE discussions.
Shoreside has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Shoreside Primary School and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.
Welcoming of those of different nationalities, faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students are actively encouraged to explore their faith and beliefs and the faith and beliefs of others within the school. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all pupils, follows the local agreed syllabus and provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. In geography, pupils learn about other nations and their cultures.
Shoreside Primary School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.