British Values is a government initiative to teach students the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.
Teaching children British values provides strengthened guidance on improving the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of pupils to ensure that they leave school prepared for a life in modern Britain. The values underpin what it is to be a British citizen in a modern and diverse Britain and promote moral and cultural understanding to celebrate the diversity of the UK
Pupils should have the right to have their voices heard. At Norton Road Primary School we achieve this through a pupil elected school council where class representatives raise issues and suggest ideas for improvement.
The Rule Of Law
We reinforce the importance of law and rules to teach students to distinguish between right and wrong which encourages children to take responsibility for their own actions. We teach the reasons behind rules and laws, how they govern and protect us, and the consequences of what happens when these laws are broken.
We promote the freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs in a safe environment. We teach children to take responsibility for their behaviour. They are supported to understand that they have rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely. Pupils should be supported to become as independent as possible. This can be demonstrated through PSHE lessons and assemblies.
Students are taught to show empathy and understanding of people from different backgrounds. We give pupils regular opportunities to learn about different cultures and beliefs to reinforce messages of tolerance and respect. This allows them to understand and respect values different from their own.