Here at Cherry Fold, we use Picture News as a meaningful and relevant link to British Values. Below is an overview of the topics covered last year.
Promoting the Protected Characteristics at Cherry Fold
We work to ensure that our children understand that:
At Cherry Fold, there are no outsiders
We celebrate that everyone is different
The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Religion or belief
- Marriage or civil partnership
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
At Cherry Fold, we actively promote these in our curriculum and work to embed them into our ethos.
Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination:
- When you are in the workplace
- When you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
- When you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
- When you use transport
- When you join a club or association (for example, your local rugby club)
- When you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments
PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES
In-line with DfE regulations, at Cherry Fold Community Primary School we have embraced the opportunity to...
...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 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.
At Cherry Fold, these values are reinforced within our curriculum in the following ways:
At the start of each school year, every class chooses a representative for the School Council and members of our school leadership team are selected from Y6.
For all these leadership roles, children are given the opportunity to show-case why they should be chosen and their peers then vote accordingly. The successful candidates are announced to the school in the first Celebration Assembly of the year.
To further develop a sense of responsibility, within a democratic setting, all Y6 pupils are given the opportunity to apply for other positions such as Playground Leaders, Librarians and Lunchtime Helpers.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Cherry Fold Community Primary School.
All pupils are involved in formulating and agreeing their Class Charter, and everyone in the school community is aware of their responsibility to behave in an appropriate way.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as our local PCSOs and other emergency services help reinforce this message.
At Cherry Fold Community Primary 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Cherry Fold Community Primary School is committed to encouraging children to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our Collective Worship, e-Safety and PSHE lessons. We are aware that on occasions our pupils may make the wrong choices but our learners are developing in a community which encourages clear reflection and provides targeted support to enable pupils to make better choices next time.
All members of our school community are expected to treat each other with respect.
Pupils are taught that everyone has the right to an opinion, and everyone has the right to have their views heard. The children also learn that how they behave has an effect on their own rights and on the rights of others. They learn to take responsibility for their own actions, work together and value each other’s contributions and ideas.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: Cherry Fold Community Primary School is an inclusive school and we welcome children from many different countries and of different faiths and cultural backgrounds into our school community. We actively promote and embrace this diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures from around the world in assemblies and focus days.
Our emphasis on global citizenship across our curriculum provides opportunities through various topics to learn and understand more about other people’s lives, and focused Religious Education lessons and PSHE Lessons enable us to reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Followers of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.