Promoting British Values at UCPS
At Usworth Colliery Primary School, working together is at the forefront of our school’s ethos; our pupils ‘enjoy achieving together, to be the best that they can be’. Our pupils are actively encouraged to make decisions and have regular opportunities to have their voices heard through our School Council, International School Councillors, Pupil Questionnaires and through the listening culture in our school, where all adults listen to children and value their views. At the beginning of each school year, the children democratically agree class rules and ideas. Opinions are then sought by teachers, deciding on children’s interests and themes to be included in the creative curriculum.
Because of our School Council, pupils are given greater say in matters which affect the school and children elected to be on the School Council represent the views of their classmates on various issues. The election of School Councillors is based solely on pupil votes. The pupils’ views are sought on a range of issues, for example new playtime equipment, anti-bullying week and the school toilets. The School Council meet regularly to discuss matters and pupil voice is reported back to SMT and the School Governors. Our School Councillors are also given regular opportunities to meet with the school’s Chair of Governors to have their voices heard.
From an early age our pupils are taught to value democracy as a way of life, in order to prepare them for their life ahead as they grow into positive citizens. The pupils at Usworth Colliery Primary School are given regular opportunities to participate in mock elections and mock referendums, which teach them about current affairs, as well as the democratic system.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws – that they govern and protect us, the responsibility which this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
The children at Usworth Colliery Primary School follow ‘The Colliery Code’ as well as devising their own class rules which link in with the School Behaviour Policy and our positive reward system. All classrooms display ‘The Colliery Code’ and we praise and reward children in a variety of ways for following the school rules.
Regular curriculum enrichment visits from our local Police Force help to reinforce messages around the rule of law.
At Usworth Colliery Primary School, pupils are encouraged to make positive choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Positive choices are rewarded through House Points, Class Dojo Points, Certificates and our individual Class Reward system.
As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make positive choices. Our outside areas in EYFS and in our Base unit, as well as Forest School for example, offer many opportunities for the children to develop the ability to make safe choices within their environment. These opportunities also exist in our range of After School Clubs and at lunch and break times.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PHSE lessons and Circle Times. Whether it is through choice of challenge, how they record their learning, lunch and playtime options, or participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are consistently given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Our school Ethos and Behaviour Policy incorporate the value of respect. Tolerance is promoted through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Our school rules and aims promote respect and tolerance for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our Behaviour Policy.
Our local Reverend regularly leads assemblies and most religions are taught during RE lessons, so that children can gain an understanding of each faith. Pupils are also given regular opportunities to visit places of worship. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and why their faith is important to them. Whole school assemblies, class assemblies and discussions regarding current affairs, reflect on themes of prejudice and diversity, in order to promote an inclusive culture.
At Usworth Colliery Primary School we actively engage in promoting an inclusive culture and provide pupils with opportunities to experience some of these differences. Our PHSE curriculum offers regular enrichment weeks to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society, for example, One World Week, International Week and Anti-bullying Week, as well as opportunities given through our links with international schools. We participate in many charitable events such as Harvest Festival, Food Banks, Children in Need and Red Nose Day.
As part of our PHSE curriculum, tolerance and respect of different types of families are promoted through a scheme of work on homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying. A range of books and materials which reflect the diverse families in our community, provide an excellent starting point from which we talk with pupils about how every type of family is special and unique. Our school libraries contain a range of books that reflect the diverse voices present in our society, as well as tales from other cultures, which the children can access at any time.
Through our school’s creative curriculum, pupils are also given many opportunities to learn about different cultures, faiths and beliefs. Pupils are encouraged to respect, tolerate and understand different faiths and beliefs and are provided with many opportunities through our school’s curriculum to experience and discuss diversity.
Happy Birthday, Your Majesty! The school have decided to honor our mighty monarch’s 90th birthday with a variety of events. Please see our “Happy Birthday, Your Majesty” page under the What’s on Section or click here.
We have also been promoting multiculturalism through International Week. If you would like to see some examples of the activities we took part in please see our “International Week 2016” page under the What’s on Section or click here.
We have also been creating links with a School in India, tying in with International Schools and Commonwealth themes. As part of this, each school has created and shared a video on a monument in their area. We chose The Angel of the North as our focus.
An ongoing theme throughout our curriculum is national identity. We are continually developing resources and delivering lessons around the theme of what it means to be British. This includes exploring concepts such as the rule of law, mutual respect, democracy and individual liberty.
As part of this, as part of our E-Safety curriculum we are exploring how extreme and radical groups use technology in order to promote and substantiate their views. Below is a copy of our action plan to address this.
Following our E-Safety Expert’s Challenge Topic, in which year 6 children teach their peers about a range of E-Risks (such as Phishing, Scams, Viruses, Worms – see our E-Safety page) we then discuss grooming in relation to extremism and radicalization. Below is a copy of the PowerPoint used to stimulate discussion (adapted from training delivered in school and a presentation by Mark Lloyd – Knetic Learning.org).
Along side this discussion, and as part of our mutual respect concept, we also explore the use of “Gay” as a derogatory term. Below is a copy of the PowerPoint used to stimulate discussion (again adapted from a presentation by Mark Lloyd – Knetic Learning.org).