British Values and Cultural Capital
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 this year (2014).
The curriculum at St Newlyn East Learning Academy is planned to ensure that the teaching and understanding of British Values is embedded across the curriculum.
At St Newlyn East, on Mondays, a member of the SLT will deliver either a British Values or a Personal Development themed assembly which will be delivered through 'Picture News'. We use the poster linked here to visually remind the children of the 5 key strands. For example, a BV themed assembly in 2021 focussed on 'Being an Upstander.' This was linked to 'Rule of Law' but also led to us discussing tolerance of each other and friendship.
By using Picture News, we also feel that children are getting additional 'cultural capital'. In 2022, we started our Picture News assemblies where the children have learned about Elon Musk and free speech; the nutritional cost of eating too much sugary cereal and the crucial need to accept all individuals no matter their background or physical differences...we find the structure works for our children and have a hall display which displays the weekly materials shown. Please see some PowerPoint examples below of the presentations we use in school.
'Picture News provides us with resources to create engaging and exciting lessons, allowing opportunities for children to learn about our world, develop independence, resilience, respect and unlock their own drive and passion for learning. Teaching the news not only provides great content and stimulus and grips children’s attention, it is also something that the children can impact. It is current, happening now and so their voice is given meaning and purpose. It is our world and we all matter.' This quote from Picture News highlights the importance the package plays in supporting us with teach the children a broad and balanced curriculum which in turn adds to the children's 'cultural capacity.' We believe in giving children a voice and encouraging them to use it to impact things they are inspired by or feel passionately about.
We are confident that our children understand British Values and the importance of them at St Newlyn East.
Please see the photos gallery below of the flipchart learning that we have gone through for our assembles.
Democracy is very important across the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The pupils are elected by their peers onto the school council. Children at St Newlyn East Learning Academy know that there is always someone in school who they can listen and be heard, that their suggestions are valued.
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. The school has three golden rules that underpin all values across the school. 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; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our school life.
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 of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms 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 extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around the three golden rules and respect is very important. All staff around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
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.