Promotion of British Values
At Waddington Redwood Primary School, we uphold and promote British Values, teaching our children about:
The School Council
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have opportunities to have their voices heard in a variety of ways. We have a very active School Council and we are proud to say we have earned the School Council Silver Award. Each September, every child has the opportunity to stand for election to be a member of the School council. The older children put forward their cases, explaining how, if elected, they would represent their class members, and how they would like to see the school improved. Each class shortlists six children (three boys and three girls) to stand for election. A whole-school voting day is then held, with every child in Key Stages 1 and 2 voting for their prospective councillors in a secret ballot.
The School Council meets every week, and has a very active role in school; they present assemblies, organise competitions and fundraising activities, and are involved in the interview and selection process for new members of staff.
Golden Rules and Class Charters
The school has a set of Golden Rules, which govern behaviour in the school; these were agreed by the children as the most important rules and the ones that will ensure all children are safe, happy and ready to learn at school. In addition, at the beginning of each academic year, the children work collaboratively to agree a set of classroom rules, known by some of the older children as their ‘Classroom Charter’.
Questionnaires and interviews
Children’s views about their learning and school in general are very important to us. Our monitoring activities often involve consultation with our children – their views are sought through questionnaires and interviews, by staff members and sometimes by governors. The children tell us their thoughts about topics such as how teachers’ marking supports their learning, about how they would like targets to be organised and the types of resources they would like in the classroom and on the playground.
All children in the school know the importance of rules; each class has their own set of classroom rules and the school as a whole has five golden rules. These are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school day, and used to teach children about the rules of the country, how these govern and protect us, and the consequences when laws are broken. Our behaviour system is based on positive reinforcement and rewards; children earn house points, which are totalled at the end of every week and termly, and Golden Time is the reward for consistently good behaviour.
Our behaviour system is based around our slogan, ‘Good to be Green’. Children who have stayed Green all week move to the gold star at the end of the week. Those children are then rewarded with a golden star on their golden raffle ticket. At the end of each term we hold a special celebration assembly, where each ticket with 5 gold stars is entered into a draw and two children from each class are chosen for a prize! When our school rules are not followed, children are given time to reflect, and they are supported in understanding how they can adapt their behaviour during this period of reflection.
Assemblies regularly provide opportunities for children to learn about rules and to reinforce those that are important to the school, the country and the world. All assemblies provide opportunities for reflection and some provide practical strategies that the children can apply across the school day. There is a big emphasis on how the children can support each other. Our Celebration Assembly on Friday sees selected children receiving certificates for special achievements that week; certificates are often awarded for exceptional learning attitudes, reinforcing the importance of our school rules.
The rule of law is also promoted through the curriculum; teachers plan activities for children to learn about current laws in the United Kingdom, but also those that might have applied in the past. The children develop an understanding of how laws have changed and the reasons behind this.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety sessions, PSHE lessons and assemblies.
Children are given opportunities, when appropriate and with support, to choose the work they complete in class, making their own decisions about the level of challenge. They can also make choices about how to present their work, both at school and when completing their homework, and about which of our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities to participate in. Out-of-school visits offer further opportunities for children to exercise their individual liberty. For example, during our Year 6 trip to PGL, a Challenge by Choice ethos is adopted, with children making their own decisions about how far to push themselves in a number of challenging situations.
Showing respect is one of our Golden Rules, and forms part of our school ethos. We encourage respect for ourselves, each other, and our belongings and property, through the curriculum, PSHE lessons and assemblies. We have high expectations that the children show respect for people in different countries, people who live their lives in different ways to us, people who have different beliefs or lifestyles and those who are different in other ways. Respect for others is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Some children choose to talk openly about how they are different and they are encouraged and supported to do so.
This is achieved through enhancing children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by providing them with opportunities to learn about and experience diversity in our local community, which is by large White British. Assemblies, visitors to school and trips all aim to develop the children’s understanding and tolerance of differences, their awareness of prejudice and stereotypes and how these can lead to bullying. Our Religious Education and PSHE curricula build on this and we also use other opportunities to promote tolerance, for example through our Anti-Bullying Week and British Values Day.