British Values

Promoting British Values at First Steps Pre-school:

 

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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At First Steps Pre-school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 

Democracy:

We listen to children’s and parent’s voice.  Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others. We listen to children’s and parents’ voice.  Parent consultations take place termly. A full survey takes place annually. Children are given opportunities to make decisions such as choosing activities and forming ‘House Rules’.

 

The Rule of Law:

We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children.  Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules); that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.  We make our expectations for behaviour clear to parents/carers.  We organise visits from eg the Police.

 

Individual Liberty:

Within pre-school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

 

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’. Children and staff model this by caring, sharing and listening to others.  Staff help children to understand how to build respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others. We encourage children to think of others, and how to manage and resolve conflict.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of activities throughout the year.  Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures. We plan time for looking at different continents. We have visitors from other countries if possible such as a visitor from India. We also sponsor a child from India and receive regular newsletters about her progress.

In line with changes to the General Data Protection Regulations, we have updated our Privacy Notices. These can be found under ‘Privacy Notices’.

Many thanks to parents and carers for your support and kind feedback during our recent Ofsted inspection. We will soon be sending out our Parent Survey for 2019 and welcome your comments