The department for Education stresses the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all school to promote the fundamental British values of:
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those different faiths and beliefs
At Lons Infant School, we actively promote British Values within our broad curriculum and also through our assemblies and collective worship. The school has strong links with the local church and has a programme of visits or visitors from a range of faith communities.
The school has a school council which meets on a regular basis. Children vote for one girl and one boy to represent each class. The school council ensures that the children’s views are heard and actions implemented. They have helped to organise charity events and to obtain new equipment for the playground.
Our governing body is comprised of elected representatives from the staff, local authority, parents and co-opted governors (community), they meet at least each half term.
We actively invite parents and carers for their views throughout the year, this is done through meetings and verbal feedback. The head teacher is available at the start of each day at the front entrance. Questionnaires are distribute to parents and carers annually and the findings shared with parents.
Rule of law
Before starting school, children, parents and the head teacher commit to our home school agreement, this is reviewed annually by our governing body. School rules are reviewed with the children at the start of each academic year and children agree class rules with their teacher.
Lunchtime supervisors have had specific training on promoting playground rules for positive playtimes and they work closely with the class teachers.
Annual visits from the local fire service and our police community support officer reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community.
We aim to provide a supportive environment within which children and staff can make informed choices and voice their opinions. We have worry boxes in each classroom to enable children to voice their concerns. We share a thinking question in early morning work where children freely give opinions to open ended questions. At playtimes children are free to choose playground games and activities. The buddy system shows that the children have an effective support network if needed and this promoted positive relationships and playtimes. We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms and how to be safe through collective worship, PSE, e-safety sessions and throughout the curriculum.
Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations throughout history topics, assemblies and collective worship. For example, children work with the British legion through the topic of Remembrance both within school and the year 2 class represents the class by attending the local Remembrance Day service and a 2 minute silence is observed during school time.
The school works closely within the community and is involved in the Ripley Music festival where children develop songs as part of the long song and take part in the singing event on a Friday with all the local schools.
The school participates in many aspects of the local community. Our Harvest celebrations enabled us to send a donation to Rainbows hospice and we have donated food to a local food bank. Designed Christmas cards for the local MP.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Our collective worship and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Key celebrations in different faiths are learned about, for example, Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Holi and Chinese New Year. Children learn about different faiths.