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British Values

British Values

Southbourne Junior School promotes the fundamental British values of:
  • Democracy,
  • The rule of law,
  • Individual liberty,
  • Mutual respect,
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Curriculum we:

  • enable children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable children to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil, religious and criminal law of England;
  • encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable children to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • enable children to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures strengthening tolerance and harmony between cultural traditions;
  • encourage respect for other people;
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

By the time children leave Southbourne Junior School, they should have:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their well-being and safety;
  • an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  • an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.

At Southbourne Junior School we address aspects of British Values through some of the examples below:

Democracy

Links to the school values of Together we achieve...Perseverance, Respect, Independence, Enthusiasm

  • Elected School Council
  • Class Charters – Rights Respecting
  • Class opportunities to vote
  • Debating Issues (verbally and in writing)
  • Pupil conferences
  • School shop
  • Assemblies
  • PSHE lessons
  • Volunteer Eco -Warriors, votes on actions
  • The curriculum - Ancient Greece Civilisation
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 12)

Rule of Law

Links to the school values of Together we achieve...Respect

  • School Rules and Behaviour – Rewards and Consequences
  • Assemblies
  • PSHE lessons
  • Visits from authorities such as Police Liaison Officer, Fire Officer
  • The curriculum - Romans inventions of laws
  • School Shop
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 19)

Mutual Respect

Links to the school values of Together we achieve...Respect

  • RE Curriculum
  • Behaviour Policy - expectations
  • Assemblies
  • PSHE - respect, co-operation, collaborative, supportive, understanding of differences, getting on and falling out
  • Visitors to School – e.g. members of local faith communities, celebrating differences
  • Different Cultures - Africa, Spain, France
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 2 and 30)

Individual Liberty

Links to the school values of Together we achieve...Respect, Independence, Discovery, Enthusiasm

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Assemblies
  • Cultural Traditions
  • English Curriculum debates
  • Celebrating events in the British Calendar, e.g. Harvest, Remembrance Day, Easter, Christmas
  • Focus Days and whole school topics
  • PSHE lessons - responsibilities, choices, ambition and aspirations
  • Sports and club interests
  • Good to be Me topic
  • Keeping safe - including online, NSPCC programmes
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 31 and 15)

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Links to the school values of Together we achieve...Respect, Independence, Discovery

  • RE Curriculum - tolerance of different beliefs and faiths
  • Behaviour Policy - expectations
  • Assemblies
  • Recognising significant religious festivals
  • Visitors to School – e.g. members of local faith communities, celebrating differences
  • Children are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 14)

At Southbourne Junior School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.