Before we amalgamated the staff and Governors of the Infant and Junior Schools met together to hold a 'Vision and Values Day'. We discussed our core values as a new Primary School and the sort of provision we wanted to give our children. The baton was then passed to our School Council, which is made up of a child from each class who is voted in to represent their class' views. The children's ideas concurred exactly with the staff's views and centre around the themes of learning, happiness, friendship, inclusion, being inquisitive and being ambitious. They designed a sign to represent these.
The School Council explain the reasons behind their choice of each symbol below.
"The smiley face means that we are always happy and joyful. At Glebe a smiley face equals a happy place. The brain shows that children at Glebe enjoy learning and are hard working. To show that we are all united and think that friendship is important we chose to have a picture of two hands holding. The symbol of the hand touching the stars shows that we are all ambitious and never give up. No challenge too big, no child too small. To show that Glebe is an inclusive school we chose a picture of the Earth with people standing around the edge meaning we are all together as one. The question marks show that we are all inquisitive and are not afraid to ask questions.”
- The School Council
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 this year (2015). At Glebe Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
The children are arranged into Houses and each House has a boy and a girl House Captain. Children nominate themselves termly for these positions and give presentations in assembly to tell the school why they feel they would be the best candidate. The school then votes for their oreferred candidate.
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 regular school days, 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
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 safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are 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, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Glebe Primary School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Glebe Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.