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LONGFORD Park
Primary School

Learning and Teaching the Longford Park Way - Promoting British Values

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  At Longford Park we promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

Value How we promote it

Democracy

Links to school values:
Respect
Tolerance
Understanding

Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account

  • We have an elected school council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage children to volunteer in school, this includes the school council, library monitors, lunchtime helpers, paired readers.
  • We raise money for local and national charities.
  • The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece Civilisation- year 3/4
  • Democracy is promoted through PSHE lessons and assemblies- refer to appendix 1 (assembly Rota example)
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights of others- Year 5/6- Taking Responsibility
  • We have high expectations of all our pupils and staff and adhere to the school Code of Conduct and the Learning and Teaching the Longford Park Way.
  • Children participate in debating competitions with other schools around topical issues related to them and the wider community.

The rule of law

Links to school Values:
Respect
Co-operation
Courage

Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

  • We have high expectations about how our children behave inside and outside of school and this is reflected in our school Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for showing good and caring behaviour and these are celebrated in the classroom and whole school celebrations.
  • Through our school assemblies and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality: knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The magistrates come into school to work with the children- year 6.
  • Police/ Fire officers come into support workshops and assemblies and within year groups linked to topics e.g. Year 1 Bright Lights, Big City.
  • The whole school adopts 5 strand approach of how to be an effective learner.

Individual Liberty

Links to school values:
Respect
Courage

All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

  • ‘Playground Pals’ are used to ensure that all children are happy and safe on the playground and have someone to interact with. They teach the younger children playground games and the rules that should be adhered to.
  • Our WOW days enhance our curriculum and provide children with an opportunity to explore their local and wider community.
  • Our children are encouraged to try new things and to take, the opportunity to follow their interests in dance, music, drumming, sport, choir, cheerleading, British Sign Language clubs and much more.
  • Children are taught to keep themselves safe, including via social media and the internet.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies, recognition of national e-safety awareness day, and outside organisations such as NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE curriculum. 

Mutual Respect

Links to school values:
Respect
Friendship
Co-operation

Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and behaviour and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality Policy. We recognise national awareness weeks such as Anti-bullying week, Black History month, Deaf Awareness week and festival and celebrations from all religions.
  • We promote mutual respect and encourage children to respect everyone regardless of their race, ability, gender.
  • Our school ethos as outlined ‘Learning and Teaching the Longford Park Way’ is adhered to by the whole school community.
  • We share and celebrate different cultures and religions through RE and PSHE lessons as well as whole school assemblies.
  • We promote a range of languages in school and effectively use translators to support children, overcome language barriers between school and families and to support teachers in the classroom to create resources for our children for whom English is an additional language.
  • KS2 are taught Spanish as part of the MFL National Curriculum 

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Links to school values:
Respect
Tolerance. Understanding

Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.  Parents should guide their children on these matters.

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy.
  • Tolerance of faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Coventry SACRE syllabus.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  We have whole school assemblies which mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Easter, Ramadan and Diwali.
  • Across the school, our children have the opportunity to visit a range of religious buildings and to ask their own enquiry questions to further deepen their knowledge and understanding of the various religions.
  • Religious leaders from the community visit the school and hold assemblies for all children and staff.

‘Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain’ - OFSTED Dec 2016

Photographs from our British Values Celebration Day.

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