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British Values

At Arunside we are fortunate that our pupils, families and staff come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

We are proud of the diversity of our school, and of the role we play in supporting the development of individuals who will have the tools, skills and confidence to make a positive contribution to their communities, and beyond.

Promoting British Values

To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote British values of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

DfE

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year,(2015). At Arunside these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities.

Democracy

Arunside is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. Our School Charter has been personalised for each class and seen in action throughout the school. Democracy is an important value at our school. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council and pupil questionnaires. Children are elected by their peers for the school council. Assemblies, our focus week on “Life in Modern Britain” and some of our topics have included aspects of democracy, e.g Athenian democracy in Ancient Greek topic and Roman law in the Romans topic. Learning Walks are carried out regularly with our Assistant Headteacher gathering evidence on behaviour for learning, looking for skills in working co operatively together demonstrating turn taking and respecting the views of others. Each term the whole school community are keen to support a charity, whether local, national or global, e.g Horsham Food Bank, British Heart Foundation, Philippines Disaster.

UNICEF: Article13: Please listen to me

Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

Individual Liberty

Children are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowlng that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are advised how to do these safely, e.g through our e-safety teaching, anti- bullying week and PSHE lessons. Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves. Children are given the freedom to make choices, e.g signing up for extra curricula clubs.

UNICEF: Article 39

Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

The Rule of the Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout each school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies. Our system for behaviour is aligned to our school charter and clearly explained by all staff. Children are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Children are taught that rules keep us safe and happy as seen through our school charter. Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate they understand the charter.

UNICEF: Article 19: Please keep me safe

Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment.

Mutual Respect

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our “Rights Respecting” articles such as “Respect”. Children have been part of discussions though circle time and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Collective worship is based on Christian values which determine how we live as a community at Arunside School. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our school/classroom charters as well as our behaviour policy. Children’s behaviour demonstrates their good understanding of respect in action.

UNICEF: Article 5: Please respect me

Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents and carers to direct and guide their children as they grow up, so that they can enjoy their rights properly.

Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs

Arunside School serves an area which is culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our ethos and aims. Children can learn, from peers and visitors, about other world faiths including customs, practises and celebrations. A range of curriculum areas enhance children’s understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs including R.E, PSHE, English, Art and Music.

UNICEF: Article 14: Please let me believe

Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.