Promoting Fundamental British Values
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
Aston-on-Trent Primary School British Values Statement
The Department for Education stresses the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those different faiths & beliefs
At Aston-on-Trent Primary School, we actively promote British values within our broad and balanced curriculum, and also through our themed assemblies. The school has strong links with the local churches and has a programme of visits or visitors from a range of faith communities.
Our school places great emphasis on its Pupil Leadership Team, which comprises of House Captains, School Council representatives, Eco Council representatives and Well-Being Warriors. Children throughout school vote for two children in Year 6 to represent their House as Captains. Children throughout school also vote for two children to represent their class on the School Council and Eco Council. Our Pupil Leadership Team ensures that the children's views are heard and actions are implemented. All children in our school feel their opinions are valued and are confident to share their views together through debates, briefings from School Council or Eco Council reps, in assemblies, in PSHE sessions or when writing balanced arguments.
The Board of Governors
Our governing body is a representative of both our school family and our wider community. Our governors represent a wide range of ages, gender, race, religion and physical ability. As such, we are confident we reflect our families and our community. We also consider diversity to mean the diverse skills and knowledge that our board possess as well as the diversity of their protected characteristics. You can find out more about our governors here -Governors
We actively invite parents and carers for their views throughout the year; this is done through individual letters, questionnaires, school and class newsletters and our open-door policy to meet class teachers or the Head Teacher at the end of the day. The Head Teacher and their staff are also highly visible on the main gate at the start and end of the school day.
Rule of Law
Our school values and rules we all follow were chosen by our school family through pupil, parent and staff voice. These are reviewed with the children regularly, with support from our Pupil Leadership Team, including School Council and House Captains.
Visits from the local fire service, our Police Community Support Officer and retired Police Officers reinforce the need for laws and how they protect the community.
We aim to provide a supportive environment within which children and staff can make informed choices and voice their opinions.
At playtimes children are free to choose playground games and activities.
We teach children about their personal rights and freedoms and how to be safe through our themed assemblies, PSHE lessons and e-Safety sessions, alongside visits from outside school such as the fire service and police.
Children learn about specific British celebrations, events and commemorations through history topics and assemblies. Our children also represent the school at various events throughout the year. A 2 minute silence is also observed during school time on armistice day.
The school participates in many aspects of the local community. Our Harvest celebrations enable us to send many food and toiletry donations to the Padley Centre.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths & Beliefs
Our RE curriculum, assemblies and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Key celebrations in different faiths are learned about, for example, Christmas, Easter, Diwali and Chinese New Year. Our pupils enjoy visits from our local vicar, Father Tony, as well as visitors from other faiths linked with the Derby Open Centre. Our pupils also enjoy visits to places of worship other than our local church at Aston, including the Hindu Temple and Mosque in Derby.