At Farnborough Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
Democracy – what do we do at Farnborough Primary School?
Rule of Law – what do we do at Farnborough Primary School?
Individual liberty – what do we do at Farnborough Primary School?
Respect and tolerance – what do we do at Farnborough Primary School?
Pupils at Farnborough Primary School are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We achieve this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘No’ when appropriate. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles and to understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in local community events and charitable events such as, Red Nose Day/Comic Relief, Children in Need, Remembrance collections and supporting local charities. We believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
At Farnborough Primary 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an 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 lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. 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. We promote each pupil’s inclusion, where possible, in a range of activities, settings and locations. The children in Early Years have opportunities to integrate with other children. As pupils move into the other Key Stages, further planned events and circumstances are planned for pupils to go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools in the borough. It is important to facilitate opportunities for schools to be part of the local, national and global communities. Pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
Farnborough Primary School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum and we place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others. Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. The themes cover areas such as: friendships, helping others and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events.
Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. Schools take part in local competitions and sporting activities, which help to instill ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’. The staff at Farnborough Primary School works closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.
At Farnborough Primary School our curriculum is designed to offer a broad and balanced range of opportunities for all our pupils. Below are examples of how we feel the curriculum promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:
ALL STAFF HAVE A DUTY TO PROMOTE BRITISH VALUES and be aware of this policy in line with our safeguarding procedures and protocols. ANY CONCERNS OF EXTREMISM, RACISM, and/or INNAPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR MUST BE TREATED AS POTENTIAL SAFEGUARDING ISSUES AND REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE SCHOOLS DSLs OR SAFEGUARDING TEAM.
This policy should be read alongside other School policies and statements including: Behaviour, Curriculum, Equal opportunities, Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs all of which serve to reinforce British Values.
Unicef: A summary of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child