Promoting British Values
In 2011 the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. At Parsons Green Prep School we promote these values through our own school curriculum, SMSC (social, moral, social and cultural) and enrichment activities.
Links to SMSC: Respect, Tolerance, Understanding
UN CRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.
- We have an elected School Council. This plays an important part in the school community. Every child in the school has the chance to vote for their class ambassador. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
- Links to current affairs, e.g. the school held a mock election during the last general election.
- We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes things like the Eco-Council, raising money for local and national charities.
- Within our Creative Curriculum children are taught about and encouraged to respect public institutions and services.
- The beginnings of democracy are taught through historical research of the Ancient Greece civilisation.
- Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.
- Class trips, e.g. to the Houses of Parliament.
The rule of law
Links to SMSC: Respect, Cooperation, Courage
UN CRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
- At the start of the school year each class discusses and chooses their own clearly understood set of principles. In addition, there are the school Golden Rules and children are rewarded for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistently following these rules by collecting points for their house. At the end of term the house with the most points is awarded the House Cup.
- Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE curriculum children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality, knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
- Visits from the local police to the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.
Links to SMSC: Respect, Courage
UN CRC Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.
UN CRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
- At Parsons Green Prep pupils are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Through our school values and the PSHE programme, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport, etc.
- The school does not tolerate bullying in any form and we promote a strict and robust anti-bullying culture which includes assemblies and PSHE lessons. Each child is given their own copy of the school’s guidance on how to recognise bullying and what action to take.
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including online. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the police, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
Links to SMSC: Respect, Friendship, Co-operation
UN CRC Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.
- We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our behaviour Policy and Equality Policy.
- Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and school ethos. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and the rights of others.
- All children in the school are involved in supporting a variety of charities throughout the school year. Visitors from different charities are invited in to speak at assemblies.
- Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time the children are taught to respect each other, be cooperative and collaborative and be supportive and understanding of differences.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Links to SMSC: Respect, Tolerance/Understanding
UN CRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.
- This is supplemented by assemblies which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Harvest Festival.
- Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
- Through the creative curriculum, PSHE and other lessons children learn about other faiths and cultures from around the world.