At Ernesettle Community School we are fully committed to promoting British Values in line with recent DfE recommendations and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 to keep children safe and prepare them for life in modern Britain. We promote fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We do this through our relationships with the children, our relationships with each other, our RE curriculum, our SMSC curriculum and regular SMSC assemblies. The exploration of the values may also come through the choice of resources within other subject areas and interaction with current affairs through discussion.
Here are our British Values that are proudly displayed within our school:
RE and SMSC lessons aim to help the children understand the way different people or groups of people can see the world differently and give them the opportunity to develop their own views, whilst still maintaining respect for the views of others. This enables our children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We follow JIGSAW, which is a PSHE education and up to date with new Relationships and Sex Education requirements, that is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, we aim to promote the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
Our children are heavily involved in fundraising for external charities as well as for the school, sometimes through their own initiatives and this highlights to them that they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely. Such events can be seen on our Whole School Curriculum Map under Community Cohesion.
We have a school council who are elected democratically and we encourage all of the children to play a role in the everyday running of the school. Where possible, our children take on responsibilities and have a big say through ‘pupil voice’. Such examples are the Poppy Project, Fundraising for Australian Bushfires and developing a plastic free reward policy after learning about the effects plastic has on climate change.
Our ethos ‘Go into the world and do well, but more importantly go into the world and do good’ highlights the importance we place on such values and that we embed them in all that we do.