The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were reinforced in September 2014. Schools are expected to focus on, and be able to show, how work with pupils is effective in embedding fundamental British values.
The Government defines these British values as:
· The rule of law
· Individual liberty
· Mutual respect
· Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
At Parkside, we believe that schools have a moral purpose and that we should encourage our pupils to become responsible citizens who contribute positively to society. British values fit within our Parkside Values and are promoted and supported throughout the curriculum and through our attitudes and relationships.
Listed below are some examples of how we promote these British Values in our school community:
· Pupil voice - Pupils elect the members who then represent their class at meetings throughout the year. Pupil voice are involved in making Parkside a better place to learn. They make decisions such as end of term house prizes.
· Curriculum - RE lessons provide opportunities to learn about many different faiths and beliefs. Each year group visits a different place of worship linked with their R.E learning. In addition to this, PHSE lessons focus on rights, responsibilities and making good choices.
· Assemblies cover stories from many faiths and cultures – regular visits from Mr Lawrence.
· Circle times are used to bring issues out into the open and strengthen relationships.
· The importance of rules are consistently reinforced through assemblies and our Parkside curriculum. The children create their individual class charters at the very start of the year, each class present this in the first whole school assembly and explain why they have chosen their rules.
· Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real- life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
· We offer a range of extra-curricular clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests, including computer club, reading, art and craft, football, gymnastics and many more clubs.
· Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Pupils learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around Parkside and in the classrooms. Our School motto is “Care to Learn and Learn to Care,” and this motto is seen throughout the school, in classrooms and play areas alike.