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British Values

British Values at De Lacy Primary School

De Lacy Primary Academy is committed to providing the best outcomes for its pupils and the communities from which they come.  We recognise the multi-faith and multi-cultural make-up of the United Kingdom, and understand our role in promoting the values which make Britain great.

We are open to and welcome admission from all pupils entitled to education under British Law, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, political viewpoints, sexuality or gender.

We are a truly inclusive school, and this statement outlines some of the ways we seek to promote British Values (defined as Democracy; The rule of law; Individual liberty; Mutual respect and Tolerance).

Democracy:

  • Each class is represented by one or two elected school councillors, who meet with the Headteacher regularly.
  • Each class also has one or two elected sports councillors who meet with the school sports co-ordinator at least once per half term.They advise her on allocation of the Olympic Legacy fund, and help organise sporting events.
  • During Philosophy for Children sessions in class and in assembly, children can vote for topics for debate which they would like to discuss.
  • In 2014 the council visited Parliament to find out about the working of the British Government.
  • 2015 we were visited by the Mayor of Wakefield who explained her role in the running of the council, and one child was selected as ‘Mini-Mayor’ for the day.

The Rule of Law:

  • School has a clearly structured and consistently upheld Behaviour policy which encourages children to understand the consequences of poor choices, and find ways to make amends.
  • Each class has their own Class Code of Conduct, agreed at the start of the new Academic year and signed by each class member.
  • Regular assemblies have themes where the consequence of poor choices by characters can be discussed.
  • We have regular contact with the local PCSO, who will talk to individuals or small groups of children, whole classes, or whole whole-school assemblies in response to concerns raised.
  • 20 pupils each year attend the CHOICES programme which includes sessions with the Police and Fire Services.

Individual Liberty:

  • Many pupils through school have individual roles, from monitors in class to Year Six pupils having duties at lunchtimes.
  • From Early Years through Key Stage One pupils are encouraged to make their own choices regarding learning in Continuous Provision.
  • All members of staff use the language of choice to enable children to learn about the importance of making the right choice.
  • The school Motto of ‘Widening Horizons’ is embodied in all we do and includes removing any barriers to the liberty offered by lifelong learning and employment.

Mutual Respect:

  • The first and principle statement on our School Rules is that ‘Pupils should treat each other with respect’, and this is reinforced through our behaviour policy.
  • Our PHSE curriculum and regular elements of our Assemblies focus of respect for ourselves and for others.
  • Our regular participation in inter and intra-school competitive sports promotes respect for team mates and for opposing teams regardless of outcomes.
  • All staff endeavour to embody and model respectful relationships for those children who don’t always see it at home to emulate.

Tolerance for those with different faiths or beliefs:

  • Our RE curriculum offers a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
  • We successfully integrate new pupils from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • We often have visitors from other countries and cultures who share their culture with our pupils, such as a recent African Food technology day.

We believe that the 6Rs of learning encompass the range of British Values:

Resilience

Respectful

Resourceful

Reflective

Responsible

Reasoning

We discuss these traits in assemblies and PHSE sessions, and look for them in the choices that our pupils make.