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 Crossley Hall Primary School we fully support these fundamental British Values.
Democracy is abundant throughout our school. Pupil voice, as well as parent/carer voice, plays a central part in developing school improvement priorities. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, regularly having the opportunity to discuss ideas as a class in order to make their time at our school the best it can possibly be. School council members are elected by the children in their class, after explaining reasons why they should be their class’ representative. Each classroom will have their own individual reward scheme for a topic each term which the pupils have had contributed to.
The school is clear in demonstrating how pupils should contribute and co-operate and consider the views and needs of others. The School Council meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics.
All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – which are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our International Primary Curriculum and Religious Education lessons. E-safety lessons enable the children to make choices in a safe manner.
At Crossley Hall Primary School our values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential. All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community. Discussions in class and during whole school assemblies, allow the children to show respect and reverence to all other individuals.
As a community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.