The DFE have 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”.
At LaceyField these values are reinforced regularly across our curriculum:
Democracy – At LaceyField our children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have an Academy Parliament which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Our Academy Parliament reports to the leadership and governors and is able to effect change within the school. The representatives for each year group are voted in by their class. Our children complete a questionnaire enabling them to put forward their views about the school.
This area of British Values links to our ‘Be In Charge of Me’, ‘Be Brave’ and ‘Be On The Team’ bee-haviours.
The Rule of Law – Pupils at LaceyField are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, as well as the consequences when laws are broken. The importance of LaceyField ‘bee-haviours for learning and life’ are reinforced throughout the day. Meanwhile school assemblies and class lessons contribute to pupil understanding.
Our policy promotes positive behaviour for learning and life; this is consistently applied by staff across school when the ‘laws’ (our bee-haviours) of our school community are broken. Restorative Practice plays an important role in our behaviour policy and practices. Teaching staff work with pupils to help them fully appreciate the impact of their inappropriate actions, and then to move on positively. To support this, LaceyField also has ‘Happiness Ambassadors’ who hold an important position across the academy to promote positive bee-haviours and support any children who encounter disagreements through our ‘Happy High 5’.
This area of British Values links to our ‘Be In Charge of Me’, ‘Be Kind’, ‘Be On The Team’ and our ‘Be Grateful’ bee-haviours.
Individual Liberty – Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an academy we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices e.g. participating in after-school clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons and organising the recording of their work. Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence across all areas of school life. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights.
This area of British Values links to our ‘Be In Charge of Me’, ‘Be Curious’, ‘Be On The Team’.
Mutual Respect – Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. At LaceyField we challenge stereotypes and do not tolerate bullying. All members of the school community follow our ‘bee-haviours’ for learning to promote positive behaviours in school which include ‘Be On The Team’ (linked to showing mutual respect).
This area of British Values links to our ‘Be In Charge of Me’, ‘Be On The Team’ and ‘Be Kind’ bee-haviours.
Tolerance – Over recent years, LaceyField is becoming an increasingly diverse school. We take pride in celebrating different cultures and faiths; sharing our similarities and differences. LaceyField currently has 14 different languages across our community! To support the teaching and learning of tolerance, our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE curriculum reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others; again, celebrating similarities and differences which includes learning about the LGBTQ+ community. Members of different faiths, religions and backgrounds are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
This area of British Values links to our ‘Be In Charge of Me’, ‘Be Kind’, ‘Be On The Team’ and ‘Be Grateful’ bee-haviours.
At LaceyField we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist views’.