Modern British Values
At Pickering Community Junior School, we are committed to serving the needs of our children and this involves preparing them for life in Modern Britain and to thrive in a society where the only constant is change. Despite our geographical location, we recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. In 2011, as part of the ‘Prevent’ strategy, and more actively from 2014, the Department for Education placed a statutory duty on schools to promote the Modern British Values. These values are:
To promote these within our curriculum, our children develop:
Through our curriculum, we are able to make real links between the values that our pupils hold and the lives of others.
Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Pickering Community Junior School. All adults, irrespective of role or responsibility, listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. The elections of School Council are the result of pupil votes within a democratic process and each classroom is equipped with a ‘Suggestions Box’ in which children’s ideas are welcomed. The class School Council representative then brings these along to the School Council meeting in order to be discussed. Our school House Captains are voted for by their peers in a whole-school ballot. Our children also have chance to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil voice activities.
In Year 6, as part of their London residential trip, the children visit the Houses of Parliament for a tour and information session. They learn how people in the past and today have helped shape the laws that are made by parliament, as well as how groups and individuals, including the suffragettes, can bring about change in order to enable them to feel empowered to be active citizens in our democracy. The tour and session conclude with the children meeting with their local MP as part for an engaging and interactive question and answer session.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced. Our school promotes six fundamental values of ‘Tolerance’, ‘Ownership’, ‘Community’, ‘Aspiration’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Empathy’, which are integral to our learning and ethos. Time is taken in assembly to promote the school values and the reasons for having them. Our pupils are supported in distinguishing right from wrong, understand that rules and laws govern and protect us and understand that there are consequences if laws are broken. Visits from community groups, such as the Police, further reinforce this message.
Within school, our pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom, to make choices in a safe and supportive environment in order to become independent learners. We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices and understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms within lessons such as PSHE. They are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Tolerance and Mutual Respect
Respect is at the heart of our values; our ethos is based on promoting and displaying respect for others. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, trust, honesty, equality and care. We fundraise for a range of charities to raise awareness of the needs of others. Our school is in an area that is not culturally diverse; we therefore actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education and PSHE lessons consistently reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Within these lessons, our pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality and differences within family situations (protected characteristics). Children study world faiths and we welcome visitors of different cultures, faiths and religions into school to share their beliefs and practices to enhance learning and understanding.
In 2010, the Equality Act became law. This law protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected against discrimination because of the protected characteristics. As outlined in the Equality Act, the nine protected characteristics are shown below.
No form of discrimination is tolerated at Pickering Community Junior School and our pupils show respect for those who share the protected characteristics. Although each of the protected characteristics is not taught in every year group, they are all covered by the time the children reach the end of their time with us in an age and stage appropriate way.