In accordance with The Department for Education, we actively promote British values in our school to ensure that our children leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Children are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key British Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Royal Park we have a Primary Leadership Team (PLT) who are elected by their peers. Within class, children have a chance to write their own proposal and give a speech as to why they should be a class representative. The class then decide who will be best at representing them. Our children understand that being a member of the PLT comes with great responsibility and a commitment to giving their best to school life.
Democracy is taught during assemblies and class-based PSHE sessions. Children regularly get opportunities to express their views in school through Pupil Voice interviews and questionnaires.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced at Royal Park.
At Royal Park we offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for children to be leaders in many contexts, and they understand that the rules they have created are there to keep them safe and happy in all the learning they take part in. This extends to visits and learning outside of the school, acting as ambassadors while on school trips. This level of responsibility and understanding from our children means that teachers can organise engaging and exciting school trips and visitors. Visits from authorities such as the Police and the Fire Service. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
At Royal Park, children 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 our young children to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons.
From the very start of their school life children are encouraged to challenge themselves by giving them ownership of their own learning. Children have next steps shared with them, whether verbally or with feedback in books, so that they know exactly what they can do to progress. Children are excited to respond and to forward their own learning and to achieve their goals.
Respect and responsibility are key values that permeate all aspects of school life at Royal Park. They are fundamental to the way we support and care for each other, for the community and for the environment.
At Royal Park, we value the close, positive relationships between all adults and children, and see this as being key to enabling all children to access their learning, in a welcoming and safe environment.
When a child does well, their achievement is displayed for everyone to learn from their positive attitude and hard work. Learning and effort are highly respected and the whole school is focused on developing a great sense of worth and achievement.
Tolerance of Those of Difference Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing childrens’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by educating them and giving them opportunities to experience different faiths and beliefs, be they similar or different to their own. We are situated in a diverse community, leading to a rich cultural and social diversity within our school, which is nurtured so our children can gain positive experiences from their fellow peers.