British Values

Promoting British Values

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 Summerbank these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy:

At Summerbank we believe it is important that the children feel part of the school community and that their opinions and ideas are valued. We give class representatives varied roles and responsibilities to help us continue to improve our school. Children take on roles in a variety of ways: Reading Ambassadors, School Librarians and Playground Leaders are volunteers; Eco-Warriors and School Council members from Years 2-6 are elected by their peers.

Pupils are given the opportunity to have their voices heard through regular School Council Meetings. The elected councillors discuss issues and suggest ways to improve the life of the school and contribute to the local and wider community, for example deciding which charities and fundraisers the school should support for the year. They organise and take charge of advertising and running the events which are usually a great success. Two of school council representatives also meet with other school council representatives from schools across the city to discuss wider issues that affect our school and look at curriculum and learning styles.

Our Eco warriors also meet regularly to discuss ways to develop our school and the local area to create a greener environment. They have initiated a “Switch off Fortnight” and participated in “Clean Up for The Queen” which was a litter pick in the local community. Our school has benefited from “Living Wall” that was installed in our school grounds due to the efforts and funding of the Eco Club.

Our whole school Creative Curriculum ensures that our children deepen their understanding and feel part of the local and wider community, for example through termly topics such as ‘Governments’ and the ‘story topic’ books that are selected.

 

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Law is consistently reinforced throughout regular school days through our promotion of our Classroom Rules, Class Dojo, effective behaviour policy, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Knowing, understanding and following our Classroom Rules and behavior policy is essential for our school to be a safe learning environment.

Our Classroom Rules are on display in all classrooms and our behavior policy is shared with and reinforced by all staff members. The whole school reward system (ClassDojo) promotes positive behaviour with rewards as incentives.  We have regular assemblies about appropriate behaviour to promote children’s understanding and social development. Pupils are taught the value and understand the reasons behind laws, and that they govern and protect us, including the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Playground Leaders work alongside adults to support children in the playground.

To help all of the school community to understand what is expected of them here at Summerbank, each parent and pupil commits to upholding our shared expectations by signing our Home School Agreement for learning and conduct.

 Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely and responsibly, for example through our E- Safety and PSHE lessons. Our PSHE curriculum, visits and visitors including partaking in the Year 6 workshops on topics such as cyber-bullying and staying safe online, support our children to stay safe and contribute positively beyond the school environment.

 

Mutual Respect:

We believe that sharing in our school vision and values are essential to developing well rounded citizens. The importance of values is incorporated into whole school assemblies and lessons.

We are an inclusive school and with the help of our inclusion team we ensure our new arrivals (children with no or little English) not only feel welcome in our school but understand the values and ethos of the school. This promotes not only the values of our school but also of the country as a whole, as democracy, tolerance and rule of law are central to the school’s vision

 Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We are proud to be a rich, diverse, multi-cultural school of many different faiths. Summerbank promotes and celebrates the different faiths of our pupils through celebrating different festivals such as Christmas and Eid. Visitors, parents and pupil members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our RE curriculum enables our children to learn about different faiths and to share their own. We have good links with local places of worship and the local vicar is invited to partake in special assemblies such as harvest and Easter.

We believe Summerbank to be central to our local community; our vision and values are embodied in celebrations and events such the school Christmas and Eid fairs, Christmas concerts, our charitable work and participation in various sporting, academic and artistic endeavor’s.

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Promoting British Values

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 Summerbank these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy:

At Summerbank we believe it is important that the children feel part of the school community and that their opinions and ideas are valued. We give class representatives varied roles and responsibilities to help us continue to improve our school. Children take on roles in a variety of ways: Reading Ambassadors, School Librarians and Playground Leaders are volunteers; Eco-Warriors and School Council members from Years 2-6 are elected by their peers.

Pupils are given the opportunity to have their voices heard through regular School Council Meetings. The elected councillors discuss issues and suggest ways to improve the life of the school and contribute to the local and wider community, for example deciding which charities and fundraisers the school should support for the year. They organise and take charge of advertising and running the events which are usually a great success. Two of school council representatives also meet with other school council representatives from schools across the city to discuss wider issues that affect our school and look at curriculum and learning styles.

Our Eco warriors also meet regularly to discuss ways to develop our school and the local area to create a greener environment. They have initiated a “Switch off Fortnight” and participated in “Clean Up for The Queen” which was a litter pick in the local community. Our school has benefited from “Living Wall” that was installed in our school grounds due to the efforts and funding of the Eco Club.

Our whole school Creative Curriculum ensures that our children deepen their understanding and feel part of the local and wider community, for example through termly topics such as ‘Governments’ and the ‘story topic’ books that are selected.

 

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Law is consistently reinforced throughout regular school days through our promotion of our Classroom Rules, Class Dojo, effective behaviour policy, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Knowing, understanding and following our Classroom Rules and behavior policy is essential for our school to be a safe learning environment.

Our Classroom Rules are on display in all classrooms and our behavior policy is shared with and reinforced by all staff members. The whole school reward system (ClassDojo) promotes positive behaviour with rewards as incentives.  We have regular assemblies about appropriate behaviour to promote children’s understanding and social development. Pupils are taught the value and understand the reasons behind laws, and that they govern and protect us, including the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Playground Leaders work alongside adults to support children in the playground.

To help all of the school community to understand what is expected of them here at Summerbank, each parent and pupil commits to upholding our shared expectations by signing our Home School Agreement for learning and conduct.

 Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely and responsibly, for example through our E- Safety and PSHE lessons. Our PSHE curriculum, visits and visitors including partaking in the Year 6 workshops on topics such as cyber-bullying and staying safe online, support our children to stay safe and contribute positively beyond the school environment.

 

Mutual Respect:

We believe that sharing in our school vision and values are essential to developing well rounded citizens. The importance of values is incorporated into whole school assemblies and lessons.

We are an inclusive school and with the help of our inclusion team we ensure our new arrivals (children with no or little English) not only feel welcome in our school but understand the values and ethos of the school. This promotes not only the values of our school but also of the country as a whole, as democracy, tolerance and rule of law are central to the school’s vision

 Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We are proud to be a rich, diverse, multi-cultural school of many different faiths. Summerbank promotes and celebrates the different faiths of our pupils through celebrating different festivals such as Christmas and Eid. Visitors, parents and pupil members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our RE curriculum enables our children to learn about different faiths and to share their own. We have good links with local places of worship and the local vicar is invited to partake in special assemblies such as harvest and Easter.

We believe Summerbank to be central to our local community; our vision and values are embodied in celebrations and events such the school Christmas and Eid fairs, Christmas concerts, our charitable work and participation in various sporting, academic and artistic endeavor’s.

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