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Fundamental British 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 have been reiterated this year (2014). At Thorpepark academy these values are reinforced regularly through the curriculum, enrichments and other events and experiences.

Democracy

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.

We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss ways to improve the school. The council meets fortnightly with Miss Robinson and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. All of the council members for each year group are voted in by their class.

Each year the children vote for the schools Head Boy and Head Girl. This is through an election campaign where the children have the chance to ask the candidates why they would be good representatives. Head and Deputies lead the school on a day to day

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.

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.

During their time at school children have the opportunity to interact in a positive way with the local police through the safer community project. PCSO Lindsey Leonard regularly attends the school as a positive figure, supporting pupils and our families.

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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE (jigsaw) lessons.

Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, participation in our extra-curricular clubs and other opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Respect & tolerance of those of different Faiths & Beliefs

Assemblies are planned to give children opportunity to reflect on a variety of beliefs, cultures and moral values.

Our curriculum incorporates teaching and learning opportunities for children to explore aspects of the wider world and an appreciation of cultural diversity as in for example – Festivals, Divali and Chinese New Year.

The RE curriculum is also carefully planned to equip children with the knowledge which will enable them to understand the diverse nature of peoples beliefs. We help them to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

Our pupils are given opportunities to meet different people within their local community and beyond to value uniqueness and to combat discrimination.

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