,
Message sent from:

British Values at Redbridge Primary School

Redbridge Primary school is a RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL and works with UNICEF.

We have INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL STATUS.

The Department for Education has published guidance to schools on promoting British values to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. At Redbridge primary school we take this responsibility  very seriously and we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

These concepts are explored through our curriculum and in all subjects but in Religious Education and PSHE and Citizenship, in particular, where children can deepen their understanding. We make great efforts to ensure our children are exposed to a wide range of experiences beyond their own community. We do this through school visits in London and abroad as well as via video conferencing with partner schools in the USA, Italy and beyond.  This enables children to embrace difference and celebrate commonality between peoples alongside developing a pride in Britishness and a sense of belonging to our nation.

DEMOCRACY

             ‘Democracy and Freedom are dreams you never give up’.

Aung San Suu Kyi

At Redbridge Primary school we listen to the views of children and we do this through a variety of means including:

  • Pupil surveys
  • Circle time
  • A thriving School Council elected by children
  •  Pupil Advocate system for Year 6, including Learning Advocates
  • A strong element of team work and debating where children are encouraged to express clearly their view point and listen to the views of others respectfully
  • Children take the initiative and lead in aspects of the school such as charitable appeals and fund raising.

THE RULE OF LAW

‘True freedom requires the rule of law and justice, and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others’.

Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks

Our school has ‘Golden Rules’ which promote the well-being of the individual and the school as a whole. Each class reinforces those rules and they are a central part of the school ethos. They include listening to others, sharing and playing safely, learning in an ordered environment. The school has a positive behaviour policy that sets out rewards and sanctions. We encourage children to recognise rights and how these go hand in hand with responsibility.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY



‘One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.’

Malala Yousafzai

We support children to make informed choices in a secure setting. Children develop self-respect and value themselves as individuals. Our school ethos, and methods of teaching, develop children’s independence as well as other qualities such as  perseverance and resilience.
At Redbridge Primary school our curriculum celebrates the memory of those who have struggled for liberty. A good example of this is a week’s themed assembly focus celebrating international women’s day.

MUTUAL RESPECT

 

‘We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we will perish together as fools’.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Respect is a core value of our school and underpins our ethos. Respect is shown by all adults and children towards each other and towards our community. Our wide and broad curriculum supports this and helps children to articulate what respect means in practice. Children can talk about their own faith and beliefs as well as the faiths and beliefs of others. Our emphasis is one of unity around what unites us as human beings.

TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS



‘The highest result of education is tolerance’

Helen Keller

Through Religious Education and PSHE and Citizenship, in particular, we deepen children’s understanding of faith and belief. We participate in a wide range of celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Diwali, Eid, Christmas and Guru Nanak’s birthday as well as many others. We welcome visitors from our community and have themed weeks to enrich understanding of culture. We have an emphasis on British culture and celebrate St George’s day and Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd of April .

At Redbridge primary we view these fundamental British values as universal moral beliefs that are commonly held across the world. We teach these through a distinct curriculum that recognises the unique culture of Britain. We successfully develop in our pupils a pride in being part of the British nation.