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 Broad Oak these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
At Broad Oak we believe it is important that the children feel part of the school community and that their opinions and ideas are valued. We give children many opportunities for their voices to be heard. The children have varied roles and responsibilities to help us continue to improve Broad Oak. Children take on roles in a variety of ways: Older children act as buddies for the younger ones and School Council members from Years 1-6 are elected by their peers, as are Eco-council members. Librarians and E-Cadets are chosen through an application process.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through School Council Meetings. The elected councillors discuss issues and suggest ways to improve the life of the school and contribute to the local and wider community, for example deciding which charities and fundraisers the school should support for the year, organising whole school events etc.
Our curriculum ensures that our children deepen their understanding and feel part of the local and wider community, for example through termly topics and special weeks such as a ‘Broad Oak Election’ to coincide with the general election and our annual ‘Book Week’. We also join in with other national events such as ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ and ‘Safer Internet Day’.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Knowing, understanding and following our Golden Rules is essential for our school to be a safe learning environment.
The Golden Rules apply to all members of the school community.
Our Golden Rules are on display in all classrooms and in the hall and are reinforced by all staff members. We have regular assemblies about the Golden Rules to promote children’s understanding and social development. 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. Buddies and all children work alongside adults to support each other in the playground.
Each class develops its own set of class rules at the beginning of each year. These are discussed as a class and ensure that all children are aware of but instrumental in creating a safe and exciting environment.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Our school ethos outlines our determination to prepare children for the ‘wider community’. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and stimulating education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
We are an inclusive school and through our work with parents/carers/range of outside agencies, community spirit, broad curriculum and wonderful children we ensure that children not only feel welcome in our school but understand our values and aims. This promotes not only the values of our school but also of the country as a whole, as democracy, tolerance and rule of law are central to the school’s vision.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Broad Oak 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 address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our curriculum (particularly topics, RE and PSHE) reinforce this as much as possible. We are a community school but have good links with local churches and once a term an assembly is taken by Reverend Mitch.
We believe our school to be at the centre of our local community; our vision and values are embodied in celebrations and events such as fundraising events, school fairs, our charitable work and participation in various sporting, academic and artistic endeavours.