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PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES AT WOODINGDEAN

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 Woodingdean these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

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DEMOCRACY

At Woodingdean the children are at the heart of everything we do. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.

We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the children themselves. The council  is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.

There are Pupil Voice activities, pupil questionnaires and our Behaviour Policy involves rewards which the children negotiate with the class teacher.

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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 SIX WOODINGDEAN GOLDEN RULES

We are gentle – We don’t hurt others

We are kind and helpful – We don’t hurt anybody’s feelings

We listen – We don’t interrupt

We are honest – We don’t cover up the truth

We work hard – we don’t waste time

We look after property – we don’t damage things

Each week the classteacher will choose a 'GOLDEN AMBASSADOR' whose role is to promote the GOLDEN RULES and make sure everyone else is following them.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Children are encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for the children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. They are given the freedom to make choices in participating in after-school clubs. They are also shown how to exercise personal freedoms safely through E-Safety lessons and PSHE.

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MUTUAL RESPECT

Our school reinforces that you should always treat people how you wish to be treated. The school behaviour policy revolves around respect. This is also reflected in assemblies and discussions throughout the school. The Golden Rules and displays also promote mutual respect and this is reiterated through classroom and learning rules.

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.

 

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TOLERANCE OF THOSE

WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS

AND BELIEFS

The children learn about many different faiths and beliefs through RE and PSHE sessions. there are also assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying throughout the school. We actively invite members of different faiths or religions to visit us and share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children also visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

 

At Woodingdean we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

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