As of November 2014, the Department for Education have stressed to schools the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation of fundamental British Values as part of the school curriculum. The British Values are:
Here at Lons Infant School, we actively promote British Values within our broad curriculum, and 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.
Lons Infant School has a school council which meets on a regular basis. The 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 obtain new equipment for the playground.
Our Governing Body comprises of elected representatives from Staff, Local Authority, Parents and Co-opted Governors from the community. They meet at least every half term.
We actively invite parents/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 and can be found at the main entrance to the school. Questionnaires are distributed to parents/carers annually, and the findings shared with parents.
Rule of Law
Before starting school, children, parents/carers and the Head Teacher commit to our Home School Agreement. This is reviewed annually by the Governing Body.
School rules are reviewed with with the children at the start of each academic year, and children agree the class rules with their teacher.
Lunchtime Supervisors, who work closely with class teachers, have received specific training on promoting playground rules for positive playtimes.
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 can freely give opinions to open-ended questions.
At playtimes children are free to choose playground games and activities. The 'Buddy System' show that the children have an effective support network, if needed, and this promotes positive relationships and playtimes.
We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms, and how to be safe through collective worship, PSHE, E-Safety sessions and throughout the curriculum.
Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics, assemblies and collective worship. For example, child work with The Royal British Legion through the topic of Remembrance in school. The Year 2 children also represent the school by attending the local Remembrance Day Service. A two-minute silence is also observed in school.
The school works closely with the community and is involved in the Ripley Music Festival where children develop songs as part of 'The Long Song' and take part in a singing event during the festival, along with other local schools.
The school participates in many aspects of the local community. Our Harvest celebrations have enabled us to send donations to the Rainbows Hospice. We have also donated food to a local food bank, and have designed Christmas cards for our local MP.
Tolerance of those of different beliefs and faiths
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.