Promoting British Values at Cromer Road Primary School
At Cromer Road Primary School we are committed to serving our community and preparing our pupils for their futures. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of both our school and the United Kingdom as a whole. We also understand the vital role we play 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.
Our School is dedicated to preparing our children for their adult life beyond formal education and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all our children.
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 our school seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Cromer Road Primary School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, the election of School Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Education curriculum as well as in lesson 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 our school.
Children are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the Golden Rules. Children 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 and Fire Service reinforce this message.
At Cromer Road Primary School, children are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at school 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 independent work.
Cromer Road has in place a comprehensive Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policy. All children follow the Golden Rules and the ‘Good To Be Green’ system runs throughout both KS1 and KS2.
Respect is a strong part of Cromer Road Primary School and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights as well as 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 children to express their views in a safe environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping children with the ability to understand their place, and the place of others, in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience and celebrate such diversity within the school community.
The Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education of a range of faiths, religions and cultures. This curriculum is further supplemented through a number of visits and visitors. Children are encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year.
Cromer Road 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.