Singleton
CE Primary School

Singleton C.E. Primary School is a happy and caring community in which good manners, excellent behaviour and a desire to continuously improve and learn are expected from everybody. We are a Church of England School teaching Christian values and beliefs. We also promote awareness and tolerance of, and respect for other religions and cultures.

 

promoting British Values at Singleton school statement June 2015

 

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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. 

Singleton CE Primary School is committed to serving the communities of Singleton, Charlton, East Dean and surrounding areas. It recognizes the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalization by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

The school, as a Church School, accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by its governing body regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all in the community through its family character and the Christian ethos

The Government emphasizes that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. These values are listed below with details of how they are addressed at Singleton CE School:

·         Democracy:  Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. We actively encourage them to voice their opinions in all learning situations. Children have the opportunities to take part in groups that have a clear impact eg. UNICEF Rights Respecting School, Eco Schools

 

·         The Rule of Law:  The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. are regular and help reinforce this message.

 

·         Individual Liberty: Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE lessons or Childline workshops emphasising personal freedoms, choice and respect. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record information, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

·         Mutual Respect: Much of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our Christian core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as through our behaviour policy.  Singleton has been a UNICEF ‘Rights Respecting School’ since 2013, recognised for putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between pupils and adults, between adults and between pupils.

 

·         Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Examples of how this is accomplished include lower junior pupils learning the djembe during 2013/14 which included experience of the African culture from which this instrument originates, assemblies and discussions covering prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE and celebrate the background of pupils and their families. Visits to London as part of other curriculum areas give upper juniors experience of the diversity and different pace of life in the capital city.  Members of different faiths or religions, both pupils and parents, are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and features of other religions are taught through the RE curriculum.

 

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