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.” At Forres Primary school these values are regularly reinforced in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded within the school. Pupils have their voices heard through our School Council, who meet regularly with the Headteacher. Our school behaviour and values policies involve the use of rewards: these celebrate children upholding our school values and is consistent from Reception to Year 6.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced through regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school collective worship time. 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.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, with the understanding that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the educations. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Pupils are also given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fundraising events.
As a school which holds its values at the core of its ethos, our school value of respect is upheld across the school. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Forres Primary School we are a culturally rich and diverse school where children have unique opportunities to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.