Promoting British Values at Dundonald Primary School

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 in 2014. At Dundonald these values are planned, delivered and reinforced regularly through a broad and balanced curriculum including within PSHE and RE but also through the ethos of the school as a Rights Respecting School and in the following ways:

Democracy

At the beginning of each year, two children from each class are voted to represent their class on the School Council. The School Council meets once a month ensuring children are able to express their views.

Dundonald is a Rights Respecting School, which means the UNICEF Rights of the Child underpin the school’s values and ethos. Once a year all the children within each class decide upon their Class Charter and their rights and responsibilities associated with these.

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the annual pupil questionnaire.

House Captains, from Year 6, are voted in at the beginning of each academic year.

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 Dundonald.
Our Golden Rules are adhered to from nursery to Year 6 as part of our whole school behaviour policy.

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 informed how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, how they record their work, or participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Dundonald is situated in a culturally diverse community. This is celebrated and enhanced through a rich curriculum and through collective acts of worship. The school operates a ‘Language of the Month’ which reflects languages used within the school community. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit a full range of places of worship.

Dundonald organises an International Week on an annual basis to celebrate our diversity.