At Rugby Free Primary School, we will take every opportunity to promote British Values, defined by the government as; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Democracy will be embedded at our school. Pupils will always be listened to by adults and will be taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. As the children get older, we will have a school council where pupils can air their opinions and ideas. This will be elected by pupils, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, will be consistently reinforced. Pupils will be taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. School assemblies and visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils will be actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils will be encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record their work or what they choose to participate in from our numerous enrichment activities, pupils will be given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect will be at the heart of our values. Children will learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community will treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
Our School welcomes all children and families and promotes diversity. Assemblies are regularly planned to address and celebrate different beliefs and cultures either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
Our RE, PSHE and teaching will reinforce this and members of different faiths or religions will be encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.
Children will visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Rugby Free Primary School, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist’ views.