British Values at Bitterley Primary School
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."
Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent
Strategy, and these
been reiterated this year (2014). At Bitterley these values are reinforced
We have a
school parliament which meets regularly to discuss
issues raised in class council meetings. The council is genuinely able to
effect change within the school. Children
have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views
about the school. As part of the 2015 election we had our own school election.
Rule of Law
importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or
the country, are consistently
reinforced at Bitterley school. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules
of the school. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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.
Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, for example in
steering the learning choices. As a school we educate and provide boundaries
for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an
empowering 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 lessons.
respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours
have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the
school community treat each other with respect.
of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures.
Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and
respect for others. Our multicultural pages on our website illustrate our
commitment to exploring our diverse school community. Members of different faiths
and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning
within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are
important to different faiths.