Promoting British Values
Promoting British Values
At Alconbury CoE Primary School we actively promote British values through our rich and varied curriculum and wider school life.
Children at Alconbury, have a strong and valued voice. Recently, out school council has been redesigned, with an emphasis on the children leading the school council. It also reflects the democratic council system which operates within the UK and our school council is set up in a similar way The school councillors are nominated, have chance to campaign and are then elected on a whole school, polling day. The speeches from some of the candidates are shared with the wider school community via our website. Meetings are planned by the children and the Deputy Head, Mrs Hannah Mulcrone (who has also had experience of being a parish councillor), helps offer assistance and guidance whilst allowing the children independence to set their own agenda and run their own meetings.
In addition to the school council, pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year by both the SLT, subject leaders and teachers. Teachers also share a two way dialogue with pupils during their regular Assertive Mentoring Meetings which happen from Year One to Year Six. This gives children a regular opportunity to talk about their learning in a supportive manner with their class teacher.
The Rule of Law:
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. All children within the school help in the creation of their class rules and this aids their understanding of the reasons behind rules and the consequences if rules are broken. Rules and law also form part of some of our Core Learning Skills.
Children at Alconbury CoE School are taught to be independent learners through our program of Core Learning Skills which runs all the way through the school. We invest a lot of time in creating a positive culture, so children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Through our varied curriculum, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms, as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At Alconbury we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life and that teaching children about freedom and liberty will prepare them for the adult world and the choices they will need to make.
At Alconbury CoE school we work together as a supportive family of learners and many of the children and adults refer to the ‘Alconbury family’. Visitors to the school comment on how well the children learn, work and play together and this is reflected in the atmosphere of mutual respect which is evident in all the classrooms at our school. Every pupil knows that we respect and appreciate each other; no matter what differences may exist. Our school ethos emphasises how as a school we unite together and support each other. Mutual respect is at the core of our school life.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
Whilst we are a Church of England School, we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We offer children in KS2 a faith tour and parents and leaders of different faiths are welcomed to the school to share their beliefs. At Alconbury, we believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.