The school ethos is one based on equality, high expectations of all stakeholders and treating everyone with respect and dignity.
We aim to equip children with the academic, personal and social skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century.
Our school has gained the Healthy School/Active Mark/Sustrans Awards and Anti- Bullying Award. Currently, we are taking part in Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) which involves respecting diversity, culture and community in all aspects of school life.
Promoting British Values at Rowlands Gill
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 by the Prime Minister this year.
At Rowlands Gill Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House Captains each term are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and each class decides their own class rules.
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. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms (Rights Respecting Award) and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Tolerance of those of different faiths, beliefs and cultures
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
We have a clear anti-bullying Policy that deals with all types of bullying, including bullying based on faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Adhering to the Equality Act 2010, we protect all our pupils from all types of discrimination including racist, homophobic and cyber bullying. We will work to prevent bullying from happening in the first place, as well as tackling it in all its forms when it occurs.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. We are currently implementing the Rights Respecting Award (level 1) which is based upon principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of a child at the heart of Rowlands Gill Primary School’s ethos and culture to improve wellbeing and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
The following aspects have been implemented in Rowlands Gill Primary School;
- To provide training for staff regarding British Values (December 2014).
- To provide an audit showing strengths and areas to develop.
- Review policies regarding safeguarding eg Extremism Policy, Bullying Policy, E- Safety Policy, Behaviour Policy etc.
- To ensure displays/posters are promoting British Values.
- To embed and sustain the teaching of British Values in cross curricular planning throughout the school and promote British Values as a focus in the Autumn term 2015.
Monitoring and Review
The SMT will monitor the above aspects (Guidelines) in ‘Learning Walks’ throughout the year.
This Policy will be reviewed March 2017.