The government states that all schools are required to ensure that they promote the fundamental British values. These are defined as:
At Bottesford Infant School we are proud that our school ethos and culture enable children to grow and develop into responsible, respectful and thoughtful young people who are well-equipped to make a positive difference to their community and wider world. We actively promote each of the British values through daily assemblies, our own school values, our RE and PSHCE curriculum and our project based learning curriculum.
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. We believe that every child has a voice and we actively encourage this throughout school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and taught to listen carefully to each other. We have posters in every class demonstrating how to be a good listener. This is also evident through our PSHE curriculum. We encourage the children to respect one another and that every individual has the right to their own opinion. We model this in our daily teaching and with our relationships with the children and adults within school.
We hold elections for our school council members, reflecting our British electoral system which demonstrates democracy in action.
Our school behaviour and values policies teach children how to become responsible citizens; this is embedded within all aspects of school life and shared with parents, carers and our governing body.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the wider community, is consistently reinforced at Bottesford Infants. This is through our school assemblies and following our school behaviour system. Pupils are taught that a high standard of behaviour is an expectation in our school during their transition. This is reinforced by the Golden Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws and how they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
We encourage our pupils to to distinguish right from wrong throughout the school day, with a particular focus on this in our weekly Jigsaw lessons. Visits from the police, fire service also help to reinforce our messages.
Within school, our pupils are actively encouraged to make responsible choices. As a school we enable all pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. As a school we empower the children to make choices about their education and lifestyle.
Pupils are encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms; they are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices, from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fundraising events. Pupils make choices as part of our immersive learning for example, where they would like to learn, what they would like to learn and how they would like to record/present their learning. Within assemblies, we teach pupils about basic human rights in the context of our society and wider world and initiate discussion around these issues.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. All of our pupils are taught the importance of respect for self and others. 'Restorative Practice' is employed throughout the school to enable pupils to reflect on their behaviours and learn that these have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Adults throughout the school model and promote respect for others. This is reiterated through our school rules and our behaviour. Through our Bottesford Infants ethos and culture we embed the inclusion of all society and will always support and celebrate each individual.
Our whole school ethos is based around our values which are working together, enjoyment, communication, achievement, respect and empowerment. We believe that these values contribute to individuals being able to live happy and successful lives within the communities that they belong. We focus on a different value each half term and these are taught through PSHE lessons, assemblies and our daily teaching.
Bottesford Infant 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 promote an understanding of different faiths and cultures through stories, celebrations and visitors to the school. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning and children regularly visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Our school enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education, PSHE, assemblies and our weekly Jigsaw lessons. In Jigsaw there is a particular unit called 'Celebrating Differences', which focuses on tolerance.