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Brackenwood Junior School

British Values at Brackenwood Junior School

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

At Brackenwood Junior School, we strive to be a school community where everyone is equally welcomed and respected.

Our school is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment for all pupils. We value and promote personal achievement, high standards of personal conduct and respect for one another. Our school values of support & respect, engage & aim high and courage & resilience play an intrinsic role in developing each individual child, to enable them to become valuable and fully rounded members of society, who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

We value and celebrate the heritages of everybody at Brackenwood Junior School, as well as across British society more widely. We celebrate a variety of British traditions and customs throughout the year, for example, Harvest Festival, Remembrance Day, Mothering Sunday and St George’s Day. We also observe and participate in many important national foci, such as the King’s Coronation, Anti-bullying Week and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities planned throughout the year to share and collaborate with the wider community and world.

At Brackenwood Junior School, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and across our curriculum.

British Values:

· The Rule of Law

· Democracy

· Individual Liberty

· Mutual Respect

· Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

Opportunities for pupils to develop a good understanding of British Values are woven throughout our curriculum. Through this, pupils learn about being part of British society from different perspectives.

Specific examples include:

· In RE, pupils learn about the different beliefs, religions and worldviews that British citizens may uphold.

· In geography, pupils learn about Britain’s key coasts, rivers and mountains, as well as where we are located in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.

· In history, our children study key moments in British history, for example the Great Fire of London and the Norman Conquest.

· In science, our children learn about great British scientists past and present, along with their important scientific discoveries.

Through our teaching of British Values, our children will develop:

· An understanding of how British citizens can influence decision-making, through the democratic process (The Rule of Law; Democracy).

· An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law (The Rule of Law; Individual Liberty).

· An acceptance that people with different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be subject to discriminatory behaviour (Mutual Respect; Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs).

· An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination (Mutual Respect; Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs).