Teaching British Values at Kew Woods
Schools are expected to encourage respect for democracy in their promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The Government Policy states that “schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”. Schools are expected to prepare their pupils for life in modern Britain.
Kew Woods Primary School directly and indirectly promotes British values and this is embedded in the school ethos. Our specific values incorporated in our mission statement are:
Achieve Appreciate Believe Connect Pride Imagine Forgive
Listen Create Laugh Hope Share
We teach our values and promote fundamental British Values through the both the National Curriculum and our own school curriculum. Evidence of British Values being taught can be found in many ways at Kew Woods including Religious Education lessons (taught about the various faiths in Britain and to respect them), Collective Worship (including an understanding of Christianity and the role of the Church of England), PSHE lessons (including ways of keeping themselves safe, valuing the opinions of others and the importance of equality and democracy) and through cross curricular topics with pupils learning about the diverse lifestyles and beliefs in Britain, focusing upon developing knowledge of British History (including cultural heritage) and famous British people and events and values in lessons such as PE learning the importance of fair play, sportsmanship and the importance of being healthy.
Our School Council develop whole school projects based around caring for their community. They promote awareness and tolerance of their community and other communities that may differ. Assemblies and roles in school such as House Captains, School Council Representatives and Playground Leaders promote personal and social responsibility.
Our pupils are prepared for life in Modern Britain. They develop subject knowledge, skills and competencies including computing skills. They learn about the world of work from visitors and enterprise events. They are also taught skills such as resilience, resourcefulness, resourcefulness, responsibility and reflection. Teachers promote a love of learning and a commitment to striving to be the best.