The Department for Education states that there is a need for schools to promote fundamental British values. These are:
- Rule of law
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Mutual respect
- Individual liberty
At The Lea we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British values as part of our overall PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education) programme.
We actively reinforce these values in a wide variety of ways:
Rule of law
Pupils learn what is right and wrong through classroom rules, school rules and also through the Behaviour Policy. The link from this to laws of the country are regularly made and supported by visits from our police community support officer.
Positions on the School Council and Eco Team are decided through a democratic process involving all pupils. Pupils are given an understanding of freedom of speech for all, including the role the media plays in this. Children’s newspapers are provided to facilitate discussion of local and national issues.
Tolerance of difference
Debating forms part of English lessons where pupils listen and respond to contrasting viewpoints. The school actively celebrates its religious, cultural and ethnic diversity. All incidents of racism and bullying related to protected characteristics (i.e. age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity) are registered and the Local Authority is informed.
The school has high standards it expects for politeness and considerate behaviour. All staff consistently model mutual respect in their dealings with children and parents/carers. We fundraise for charities e.g. Red Nose Day, Shoebox Appeal, Children in Need.
All pupils are made aware of their individual responsibility in making choices and decisions. Our Behaviour Policy embeds the idea of consequences based on choice and action.