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.”
At Chowbent Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
Rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. These values are reinforced regularly.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running our School Council and Eco V.I.P. Teams. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Eco Councils are based solely on the democratic process with children giving speeches and elections then occurring. Our school behaviour policy involves the scope for class defined rewards which the pupils vote on as a class group after achieving an agreed goal. Each week the school awards Chowbent Champ Awards for exceptional achievement in the previous week, two per class. One recipient is chosen by the class teacher, the second on the basis of a vote amongst the children based on their nominations. Our curriculum is also partly decided by children. Each term, the children vote on which aspects of the topic they wish to explore.
The children all belong to house teams. Individual children can earn 'Smile' rewards which are added up weekly to determine house awards. The teams meet annually to vote in two house captains from their ranks.
School V.I.P.s are chosen half termly from a list of nominated potential V.I.P.s put forward for consideration from the out-going V.I.P.s and voted upon by each class.
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 PSHE lessons, as well as when discussing behaviour and through whole school assemblies. 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 etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Pupils are involved in deciding class rules and involve links to anti-bullying.
Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of codes and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code.
Children are asked to identify which rules that they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. 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.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school.
We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and general adherence to the Chowbent’s moto.
NEVER BE LESS THAN YOUR BEST
Our school is based upon our shared ethos and values –
At Chowbent Primary School..
I speak, I listen because I will be heard.
I care, I understand because I belong
I try, I inspire because I can achieve and succeed.
Chowbent Values the Importance of
Communication I speak I listen because I will be heard.
Tolerance and support we care we understand because we belong.
High Expectations I try , I improve because I can achieve.
Rewards are given in the form of stickers, 'smiles' and certificates. Children’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies. Certificates are awarded for Chowbent Champs, Lunchtime Awards, Tidy Class Awards, best week's attendance Trophy Award.
Annually a Prize Giving Assembly is held where individual pupil achievements relating to work, sports, 100% attendance and positive adherence to the rules and ethos of the school are recognised.
V.I.P.s - chosen each half term, these 'Very Important Pupils' are awarded golden star badges. To be chosen the pupils must at all times demonstrate full adherence to school rules and act as positive role models for the rest of the school. In return they receive special school privileges which are voted amongst the V.I.P.s from ideas put forward by the group.
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 and to respect the decisions and choices of others. The school has adopted the Local Authority's '7 Steps Approach to Bullying' which is based on the need to respect and honour individual rights to feeling safe at school.
The school was awarded the Investors In People Award Bronze in November 2014. This reflects the way staff contribute to the inclusive development of the school and themselves and acts as a clear role model for life for the children.
The children run the school magazine 'Chowbent Chatter' and shape and research it's contents for their peers.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around school core values such as ‘Respect and Tolerance’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our class rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Pupils will challenge each other when not showing respect and encourage each other to be respectful.
Our school procedures and strategies for supporting children with inappropriate behaviour and for those with special educational needs ( weekly review meetings on a Friday afternoon ) are firmly based upon the right of pupils to have a voice. It balances well their personal responsibilities to others with an opportunity to express their own needs, frustrations or problems in a supportive solution based forum.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Chowbent is a Voluntary Controlled Foundation School. It's roots lie in the visions of the founders of Chowbent Unitary Chapel which is still represented in the school's Governance. The congregation are a religious community rooted in the Judaeo-Christian heritage, open to all who wish to explore the spiritual dimension of their lives in an atmosphere of freedom, reason and tolerance. The congregation, established in 1645, is a warm, friendly fellowship based on the core principle that all religions contain truths and that no single religion is the sole holder of religious truth.
This is reflected in school through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community which is by large white British.
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.
We use opportunities that arise in topic teaching to study and learn about life and culture in countries.
Through our RE curriculum, which teachers the main faiths and focuses upon learning about religion and learning from religion, we promote tolerance of the beliefs of others.
We are currently forging links to a school in Wolverhampton with a contrasting community population to our own in the spirit of sharing traditions and forging friendships.