Show Respect Work Together Aspire Nurture
BRITISH VALUES AT LOVERS’ LANE PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL
In accordance with The Department for Education, we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Lovers’ Lane Primary and Nursery School we are committed to serving the local community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values across our diverse school community and local area. We are a school for everyone!
- Children are involved in Democratic processes, for example all the pupils vote for the School Learning Council in class elections
- The School Learning Council is led by Mr Cook, who is one of our Assistant Heads and who also leads Curriculum and Enrichment and ensures that the message of fundamental British Values, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects are planned into learning and also facilitates our Learning forum agenda with School Learning Council, who have ownership of class forum discussions around Learning and reflection on our values in school.
- Our school values are core to all we do and are used to reinforce all learning, including promotion of British Values and valuing difference.
The Rule of Law:
- We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all stakeholders understand and follow
- We regularly review behaviour incidents in school and share these with key stakeholders
- Assemblies are delivered with a focus on the law, for example safety awareness, E-safety awareness and Anti-bullying and we have a very strong working relationship with our local PCSO, who also comes into school and leads assemblies and works directly with classes. He also supports enrichment events, such as reading stories on World Book Day.
- Our pupils also benefit from a very comprehensive and well-planned PSHCE curriculum, which includes learning such as DARE project, linking to drugs and the law.
- Our pupils are encouraged to 'Work together' and 'Aspire', as well as to 'Show Respect', which links this value to our school ethos and core SWAN values.
- Children have key roles and responsibilities in school, such as children in Key Stage 2 taking on roles of House Captains, School Learning Councillors and Peer Mentors/buddies.
- Through our curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices
- Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment
- Children are taught to Show Respect and Nurture one another
- Respect is embedded within our whole school ethos within our school values. ‘Show Respect’ is promoted in all we do and is reinforced with stamp cards, pupil rewards points and golden tickets for lunchtime, which are drawn in a lottery on a Monday assembly and the 3 winning children then take a friend to sit on ‘Golden table’ for lunch as a reward.
- We have a clear ‘Respectful Behaviour’ policy for adults, as well as children, which is in place to ensure our value of ‘Show Respect’ is lived by everyone as a model to the children.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs:
- We have a high number of EAL children in our school community and actively work with our parents and community to promote their learning and celebrate the diversity our school.
- We have enrichment days and House days, which are an opportunity for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Learning and also promote British Values. Curriculum planning factors these opportunities into lessons too.
- Following our PATH school visioning event, our EAL parents worked with Mr Cook and the classes to organise and run a 'Cultural Diversity' House Day, where the children learnt language, stories, watched cartoons, tasted food and researched information about Russia, Romania, Poland and Lithuania as these cultures are strongly represented in our diverse school community. Thank you to all the parents who planned activities, cooked food, helped with games and activities in the classrooms and offered their support and time. It was a great day and a huge success! There are photos on display in the school library and in the gallery in the children's section of this website. See the link below on this page.
- We value a broad and balanced curriculum and welcome visitors in school who can promote a range of faiths, beliefs and cultures. We do this in assemblies, through our International Schools work and our learning partnership with Army Public School in Bangalore, as well as in our local and wider community.
- Our 'Work together' value and 'Nurture' underpin work in promoting tolerance and difference.
British Values House Day
On 9th June, we held a British Values House Day, where children across school wore their house colours (Sleaford, Warburton, Appletongate, and Northgate) and worked in house teams in their Key stage, with EYFS joining KS1.
During the day, children enjoyed participating in workshop activities for each element of British Values listed above. During the event, School Council held hustings for an election, where they each represented a political party! The parties were: The Outdoor Learning Party- campaigning for an hour a week outdoor classroom; The Talent Party- campaigning for a 'Lovers' Lane's got Talent ' event; The Enterprise Party- campaigning for an enterprise event and The Outdoor camping Party- campaigning for a camping event overnight at school.
A polling booth was set up and children and staff had voting slips. They were taught how to mark their vote and also what 'spoiling' their ballot paper means.
After the votes were counted, The Outdoor Learning Party were declared the party with the most votes and classes have been enjoying more outdoor learning ever since!
Democracy in action! Well done TEAM SWAN!