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British Values

Lightwater Village School Values Statement

Current Ofsted guidance on British values states that staff: ‘should ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.’

This is also supported by the DfE who 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 Lightwater Village School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote these British values throughout all aspects of school life. Lightwater Village School’s values are Respect, Co-operation, Resilience, Thoughtfulness, Trust and Responsibility and the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold these traditional values. These values are taught within formal SEAL, PSHCE and RE lessons and also informally throughout the school day.

Democracy:

Democracy is richly embedded within Lightwater Village School. Our children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Rights and Respect steering group and Dot.com committees which meet regularly every term to discuss, debate and canvas opinion. Each year we carry out a pupil questionnaire which also allows children to share with us their thoughts and opinions on various areas of school life. Every half term our School Council meets to decide what the Golden Time activities will be for the coming weeks. Ideas are collected from all children across the school and the final decisions are made following a vote. Our school behaviour and discipline policy involves rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and is also shared with parents, carers and children.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. The Golden Charter, Lunchtime Charter and Class Charters are fully embedded in school life.  Our children 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

At Lightwater Village School, our children 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 young children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our annual Safety Week, and through E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Children are further empowered through being part of a School Council, a Rights Respecting School’s steering group and Dot.com committees.  Our children are given the freedom to make a wide range of decisions from a choice of challenge or how they record their learning to attending extra-curricular clubs.

Mutual Respect:

As a school which holds values at the core of its ethos, our school values and our behaviour related policies have evolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’; pupils have been part of discussions and Collective Worship relates to what this means and how it is shown. Respect is one of our values taught explicitly within lessons, Collective Worship and within the ethos of being a ‘Rights Respecting School’. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as through our Behaviour and Discipline policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Festivals from a wide range of cultures and religions are discussed and celebrated throughout the calendar year.

Lightwater Village School strives endlessly to ensure that our children leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.

For further information on how British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) aspects are planned for across our curriculum, please follow the link below.

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