British values are promoted in much of what we do, during school assemblies, Religious Education and PSHE sessions. They are integral to both our vision and values and can be seen across the school; helping to support our children for life in Modern Britain. We recognise that these values are not unique to Britain. We acknowledge that they differ in no way from the values of the many countries and the cultural backgrounds represented by families at Kilmorie. We understand and celebrate the diversity within our society and school community and ensure that British Values are embedded within our curriculum when Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning takes place across all curriculum areas.
Fundamental British values are defined as:
- Individual liberty
- The rule of law
- Mutual respect and tolerance
We promote British Values in the following ways (please note that this list is not exhaustive):
- Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard, and we operate an ‘open door’ policy to parents and carers to ensure they are able to contact the school with any concerns.
- Aligned with two of our Kilmorie qualities; empathy and respect, our children are always given the time to talk and taught to respectfully listen to others with understanding. They are taught to respect the fact that every child has the right to their own opinion and to have their voices heard.
- Our School Council is a group of democratically elected pupils who meet regularly to discuss relevant issues to the school and community. There are two children elected from each class who attend the meetings as ‘the voice’ for their class.
- Our marking policy encourages feedback, which enables children to respond to and influence the learning process.
- Children create and adhere to our school rules.
- Children and parents are surveyed annually and the results of those surveys inform aspects of the School Improvement Plan.
- Children are encouraged to voice their opinions in both formal and informal ways (suggestion boxes, questionnaires, class discussions, circle time, Time to Talk).
- Children are given opportunities to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through PSHE lessons, praise and feedback, circle times, recognition of achievements and progress.
- Children are provided with clear boundaries, which encourage them to make choices safely.
- Children are encouraged to respectfully express their views and beliefs.
- Children have key roles and responsibilities within school, such as: School Council, playground buddies and reading buddies.
- Children are encouraged and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, from music and arts through to sports.
- Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, we do this via our online safety learning and PSHE lessons.
- Children know who to speak to if they are worried or concerned about themselves or others, e.g. our pastoral care manager, safeguarding leads, teachers or support staff. Our safeguarding team are identified by the green lanyards they wear.
- We have ‘Nicola’s post box’ located in a number of places within the school for children to write down their worries and concerns for Nicola (our Pastoral Care & Family Support Manager). Nicola also offers drop-in sessions for children to speak to her if they have any concerns or worries.
The Rule of Law
- We have clear rules and expectations of behaviour within our school and we promote our Kilmorie Qualities.
- We are developing our School Council into Pupil Parliament which will have a pupil diversity committee.
- The school works restoratively. A restorative approach looks at a problem from the perspective of the harm that has been done and how it can be repaired. For more information see our Behaviour Policy.
- School collective worships follow regular themes and include school rules, rights and responsibilities, e-safety, road safety, stranger danger and caring for the environment.
- Attendance and punctuality are good, and all stakeholders are aware of the importance of being at school, we promote this weekly in our parent newsletter.
- Children follow, respect and understand the need for different rules in different situations i.e. PE lessons, school visits, classrooms and the playground.
- Children are awarded weekly certificates in recognition of their learning behaviours in our celebration assemblies.
- In British History children study the changes in British law over time. Year 5 visit the Royal Courts of Justice as part of this topic.
- Visits from emergency services reinforce the rule of law and the reasoning and purpose behind the rules
- The school supports children in regulating their own behaviour to make choices for the wellbeing of themselves and others, the school uses Zones of Regulation in order to support children in doing this.
Mutual respect and tolerance
- We celebrate diversity and recognise we are all different through assemblies, displays, texts in classrooms, whole school celebrations such as IDAHOBIT day.
- Diversity is interlinked within all our curriculum.
- We promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs, e.g. Black history month, Diwali and Chinese New Year, in assemblies, displays and in our classes. We discuss similarities and differences in faiths and support children’s appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures.
- Our RE and PSHE curriculum provides children with a broad and balanced understanding of world religions and promotes respect for the beliefs of others.
- Our staff are representative of our school community.
- We are in the process of setting up a pupil diversity committee.
- Children work in teams to share ideas and show respect for other children’s opinions through class discussions, assemblies and concerts.
- School rules reinforce mutual respect, as do our Kilmorie Qualities.
- All members of the school community treat each other with respect and seek to model this behaviour to our children.
- Children work together in different groups and situations in different lessons and subjects to promote collaboration (another Kilmorie quality).
- We recognise differences in gender, sexuality, ability, religion and race. We celebrate these differences and respect those who are different form ourselves.