Fundamental British Values

British Values at Linthorpe Community Primary School

At LCPS, we uphold and teach pupils about British values which are defined as:

·         democracy

·         rule of law

·         individual liberty

·         mutual respect

·         tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We teach these values explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional lesson (our Linthorpe Life Skills curriculum) as well as Religious Education. Additionally British Values are taught through a broad and balanced curriculum.  

We activity promote British Values in our daily collective 'Mind Time' and ensure that we provide real opportunities to explore these values, for example by electing and running a school council.

At LCPS, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:  

Democracy:

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council and Pupil Leadership teams. The elections of members of the council are based on pupil vote. Each half term we hold assemblies on the British values which are led by our Y6 Pupil Leadership Team. 

Rule of Law:

We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour and help them to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large.  At the beginning of the year and throughout, pupils learn about acceptable behaviours. 

Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions.  Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predicable environment within the school and beyond. We help pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences and we are committed to praising children’s efforts for consistently good behaviour. As a result, our environment promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.

Individual Liberty:

Pupils are encouraged to become good and valued citizens.  As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely, for example through E-Safety teaching. We also offer numerous clubs which pupils have the freedom to sign up for.   

We support others by participating in charitable events such as Red Nose Day/Comic Relief and Children in Need. In addition, we run a school fairs where pupils participate in fundraising.  At LCPS, we believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by providing opportunities for pupils to be independent, we can boost and nurture healthy self-esteem.

Mutual Respect:

Respect and responsibility are values that determine how we live as a community at LCPS. As a school, we teach these values through our RE and PSHE lessons, through anti-bullying week and through our Sports Play Leaders teams who promote sportsmanship. 

We promote inclusion through a range of activities, settings and locations. The children visit other schools to participate in sports events as well as community events. 

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:

LCPS serves a culturally diverse community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Cultural appreciation and the development of cultural capital is part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others in areas areas such as: friendships, helping others and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events. We enhance the children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society by giving them opportunities to experience it.  We also make inks within our RE curriculum, visiting different places of worship and studying different religious festivals.

Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themed weeks. For example this year we had a World War one week.

 The DfE have published Guidance about the Promotion of Fundamental British Values which the school follows.