British Values

British Values

At Pear Tree we are very aware that our young people can be extremely vulnerable in the world outside of school and home. We aim to give them the tools to protect themselves which will be including discrete sessions on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The Government’s drive to establish British Values ties in well with this and the following information is what we do at Pear Tree to promote these values.

The DfE 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“.

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Pear Tree these values are embedded in the curriculum.

Democracy

Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard through circle time and PSHE. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised and support fund raising efforts. Upper School classes vote for two members in each class to represent them. Within School Council the posts for Chairman, minute taker, photographer and blogger are voted for, as are the classes they will represent in Lower School.

The Rule of Law

Pupils are taught the importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the individual, the class, the school, or the country. They 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 help reinforce this.

Individual Liberty

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 all pupils to make choices safely. Pupils are advised how to exercise these rights and personal freedoms safely, for example through Online Safety, PSHE lessons and Themed Days.

Mutual respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of all our values. Children 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.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Assemblies are regularly planned to promote diversity either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.Our RE, PSHE and PE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

 

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