Summary of how we promote and reinforce the British values at
Aiskew, Leeming Bar C of E Primary School

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Democracy

  • We have an elected School Council who meets fortnightly. The council can genuinely effect change and improvement within the school (for example the council raised money to purchase a basketball net for the playground).
  • The school council are involved in the recruitment of new staff.
  • Pupils vote on class charters and lunch-time rules.
  • Pupils are often asked to complete questionnaires e.g. curriculum, behaviour and homework which enable them to put forward their views about different aspects of the school.
  • Collaborative activities are a key feature of how we promote learning – children value the thoughts, views and ideas of their peers.
  • The selection and implementation of our whole school Christian values – these were democratically discussed and agreed upon with the children.
  •  Pupils ran and held mock elections which coincided with polling day.
  • Democracy is promoted through PSHE lessons, circle time, assemblies and visitors e.g. the loan of a parliamentary box generated much discussion about this process.

The Rule of Law

  • We have a clearly structured behaviour policy and contract which ensures we achieve a consistent approach across the school to behaviour.
  • Pupils who join after-school clubs sign a club contract.
  • 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. Visits from the local PCSO (road safety, stranger danger and fireworks), Fire Service, building and road constructors and Childline help to reinforce this message.
  • Pupils create codes of behaviour for the classrooms and the dinner hall.
  • Pupils understand the rights and responsibilities of a child which informs their behaviour and relationships in school.
  • Through citizenship lessons, children learn all about parliament/government, how laws are made, why they are important and the consequences around breaking the law.
  • Visits to the Law Courts in Northallerton enrich children’s learning and helps them to understand how the law works in Britain.

Individual Liberty

  • Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, for example through e-safety and PSHE lessons.
  • Choice of learning challenges or methods of recording e.g. independent maths work.
  • Pupils experience a broad, balanced and thematic curriculum.
  • Through our good range of extra-curricular clubs, children are given the freedom to make choices.
  • Older pupils select responsibilities which support the management of the school, such as digital leaders and operating the projector and music system for school worship time.
  • Clubs are initiated and run by pupils e.g. basketball.
  • Children take responsibility for their belongings, school uniform, homework planner and reading record book.

Mutual Respect

  • As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our school values. Through our Christian values and collective worship, children are taught how to earn trust and respect.
  • All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Positive relationships and respectful behaviour are modelled at all times.
  • Our PSHE curriculum and circle time activities embody values of mutual respect.
  • Collective worship and candle time for quiet reflection time and prayer takes place daily.
  • Pupils present certificates linked to the British values and the school’s Christian values to each other.
  • Service and other pupils integrate quickly and happily. Service pupils join our HMS Heroes group which supports their integration very well.
  • Pupils have lots of opportunities for paired and collaborative work. Developing teamwork is continually encouraged, including within team/sports competitions.
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in the consistent use of our whole school behaviour policy. Pupils sign a code of conduct when they join clubs.
  • Children organise fund-raising events e.g. Child in Need, Save the Children and Sports Relief.
  • Children take part in community singing at local care homes and entertain visits from a range of visitors to the school.
  • Anti-bullying is threaded throughout our curriculum.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

  • Aiskew, Leeming Bar is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children.
  • We include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures in worship, RE and PSHE.
  •  Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
  • We visit places of worship important to different faiths e.g. Hindu temple at Catterick Garrison.
  • We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
  • We have strong links with our local church where we celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
  • Daily collective worship explains Christian festivals and other significant events in the year of other faiths.