The School’s values
At Southfield Primary School we believe that values education is important and have twenty two key values spread over two years. Every month we promote a different value and children explore the meaning of the value during a values lesson and in assemblies. Staff then encourages the children to demonstrate the value and display the value themselves.
In November 2014 the government announced that it would like all schools to promote British Values in Schools which will support children in becoming “valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background… [leaving] school fully prepared for life in modern Britain,” (Lord Nash, November 2014).
The government wants schools to focus on the following areas; democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At Southfield Primary School these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
As we live in a democratic society children are taught about the importance of democracy for members of society in influencing decision-making. At Southfield Primary School the children get the opportunity to take part in different democratic processes. Our school council is made up of one child per year group from Year 2 upwards. All children from Year 2 have the opportunity to vote for the child in their year group who they feel would best represent them in the school council. The school council hold regular meetings with a member of staff where they can raise any issues or ideas that they may have. In the past the school council have put in place ‘take over day’ allowing children to work as members of staff for the afternoon. Children have other opportunities to cast a vote and recently voted for children who should win the fashion show. Through opportunities like these the children learn how their vote can help make changes or decisions. In key stage two children look at how other countries including non-democratic countries contrast to Britain’s democratic government; they begin to learn the key skills needed to debate and argue their points of view.
Rule of Law
At the start of the year children work in collaboration with their teacher to choose some class rules which are then displayed in every classroom as a visual reminder to the children. The rules are age appropriate and children are encouraged throughout the school day to adhere to their class rules. Through PSHE lessons children explore the reasoning behind rules, why they are important and how life might be different in and out of school if rules were not in place.
A yearly visit to the Houses of Parliament is arranged for members of the school council, and the children take part in workshops on how voting works. They also get to visit Luton Borough Council, receive a guided tour of the offices and get to meet the Mayor.
We teach children about the freedom of choices and they are encouraged to make choices within the safe boundaries that we provide. Children are taught about their own personal freedoms and rights and are taught how to exercise these safely during lessons on e-safety and PSHE lessons.
Respect is one of our key values. Staff and pupils know that it is very important to show respect to others both in and out of school regardless of others’ differences. Disrespectful behaviour is challenged and staff model the respectful behaviour that we encourage the children to demonstrate.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Through the values of ‘Respect’ and ‘Equality’ the children are taught to respect people with different faiths and beliefs of their own. Children are taught that we are all equal and to be tolerant of others. Children get the opportunity to gain an understanding of different faiths through lessons, assemblies and visits to various places of worship of various faiths. Gaining a deeper understanding of different faiths encourages tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs.
Our Key Values
Month 2016/17 2017/18