Modern British Values
At Cale Green Primary School we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society.
Cale Green is a school truly at the heart of the local community. As a result of our diverse school population the school plays a critical role in promoting a cohesive community both at the school and in the Cale Green area. To do this, and to ensure children fulfil their potential, we promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. We value the diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds of all our children and their families and we actively celebrate the similarities between communities whilst sensitively exploring any differences.
The children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development underpins everything that we do and it contributes directly to the quality of teaching and learning and the inclusive ethos of the school.
The DfE state that there is a 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.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister David Cameron in June 14.
How well a school promotes such values is also an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process. Schools must (September 2014): “ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.”
At Cale Green we recognise that we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain to take their place as active citizens in their local and national communities and also to keep them safe.
The British values are:
• The Rule of Law
• Individual Liberty
• Mutual Respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Although in 2014-15 this was something that was developing in its significance for schools, it was not something new at Cale Green Primary School. We are a school where pupils from many different cultures and backgrounds work and play together in harmony. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education and Personal, Health and Social Education sessions. The values are integral to our aims and vision where every child within the school is seen as an individual with something unique and positive to offer. Our aim is to guide each child to fulfil their potential in a structured, caring and stimulating environment in order to provide the best possible education for the children of Cale Green.
Our ‘vision’ statement, created by staff and governors working together, sets out what we want to achieve for the children as individuals, the school as a whole and the community:
• Each child is valued and seen as an unique individual
• Each child will fulfil their potential in a structured, stimulating and caring environment
• Children will have the confidence and skills to approach new challenges – embracing a ‘can do’ culture
• A school that creates independent learners who can think for themselves, where they can grow in confidence, understanding and tolerance
• A school that embraces the whole community, encouraging participation and ownership • We will provide the best possible education for the children of Cale Green preparing them for life!
This common vision and sense of belonging has resulted in a school where diversity is appreciated and valued. The Stockport Inclusion Quality Mark assessment report noted that ‘Cale Green must be one of Stockport’s most socially inclusive schools as it includes individuals and families from a wide range of socio-economic groups together with a vibrant mix of minority ethnic groups and caters for all in a wonderful embracing whole-school ethos that one parent described as ‘like a family with big arms embracing all!’
We aim to ensure that the school is orderly and hardworking and that children are prepared through a rich broad and balanced curriculum for life in modern British society. Our values as expressed in the vision statement complement fully British values and always have done.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Children also learn about where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
Children find time travelling through history thoroughly enjoyable and a main focus is often British history. Through studying history, children learn about aspects of life during a period of time and how this has developed and changed through the ages. History topics may include inventions, discoveries, homes and medicines.