British Values

Here at Kings Priory School we endeavour to develop not only the academic skills of our pupils but to also instil self-knowledge, moral courage, a capacity for imaginative sympathy for others and the ability to reflect fully on one’s life within modern Britain’s society. Our school’s within a school model provides the opportunities to build relationships that promote mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance of difference. Through chapter time, chapel and assembly our school values, which are rooted in the Christian faith, are promoted in both vertical and horizontal age groupings.
 
Kings Priory School does not accept intolerant attitudes to members of our community and we promote the right for people to ‘be themselves’. Via our RS/PSHE/Chapter time curriculum pupils are challenged to be increasingly respectful and celebrate diversity, we focus on developing mutual respect between those of different faiths and beliefs, promoting an understanding of what society gains from diversity.
 
The DfE have recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
 
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year. At Kings Priory School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
 
Democracy
 
Democracy is promoted within school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Councils, Chapter Councils and Pupil questionnaires. The election of these members are solely from pupil vote. Chapter Captains are also voted in from 6form students to act as a pupil face for the Chapter teams. Pupils in Year 4, 8 and 6form have the opportunity to apply for prefect roles along with Year 13 students being able to apply to be a member of the senior student’s team. This students are key student ambassadors and often act as the conduit for pupil voice. Each teacher at Kings Priory School has different ways in which the pupils make their voices heard in the classroom e.g. through questionnaires, reviews, discussions etc. We have also had visits and presentations delivered from time to time by local politicians. We try to challenge injustice through our curriculum. For example we annually promote Martin Luther King Day through Chapter time and explore other leaders who have addressed injustice via our RS curriculum.
 
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 regular school days and through school assemblies. The pupils are taught right from wrong. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws; that they govern and protect us, responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities’ such as the Police; Fire service; Road Safety officers are regular items in our calendar and help to reinforce this message. There is a clear code of conduct for pupils and these expectations are displayed around school in communal areas. Pupils and parents receive a home school agreement which is also included in the pupil planner. Work in RS on codes of living in different religions allows pupils to discuss the importance of this value.
 
Individual liberty
 
Pupils at Kings Priory School are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E Safety programme and PSHE provision. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of what they chose to eat, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular or enrichment activities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Classes often work towards incentives such as ‘Golden Time’ where their choices affect outcomes for themselves personally as well as a whole class. We also endeavour to give ownership of learning to the young people and promote a personal investigative approach. At break and lunch time pupils are allowed to use the outside spaces and chapter hubs according to their personal choices. Our shared values from reception to Year 13 promote both staff and children as good role models and we take the opportunities to challenge stereotypes whenever the chance arises.
 
Mutual respect
 
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been parts of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters in communal areas around school promote respect for others and self. This is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our rewards and sanctions process. Prefect bodies act as role models and actively promote respect and friendships. We have developed a mentor system where older pupils act as a mentor for a pupil lower down the school. Our equality and diversity policy reflects this core value and our staff CPD programme explores how to engender a respectful ethos. Kings Priory School supports events such as ‘Anti Bullying Week’ and the NSPCC ‘Buddy says no’ agenda.
 
We promote respect through our classroom practice and use such activities like circle time to give pupils the opportunity to learn from and respect others. Visits from external people and curriculum enrichment days reinforce the need to respect others from different cultures or religions, e.g the Pearl of Africa choir. Our pupils are also encouraged to support charities through the chapter system and our 6F students have a specific charities committee.
 
Tolerance of those of different beliefs and faiths
 
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them the exposure to such diversity. Chapel, Assembly and presentations involving prejudices and prejudice based bullying are integral to our yearly programme. These are supported and enhanced by learning in RS, PSHE and Chapter time. Within the curriculum pupils study broad areas of world faith, comparing and contrasting the practice and beliefs of each and celebrating the differences and similarities. During Chapter time pupils are encouraged to reflect on international and national issues of prejudice and the consequences of discrimination. They are asked to consider the benefits of living within a society which is equal and treats people of all faiths, cultures and political allegiances with respect.
 
Visitors from places of worship have visited KPS to share their beliefs and practices to enhance awareness of the diversity of faith in the North East. Members of our school community with different faiths or religions are encouraged to share knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We explore festivals throughout the year from all world religions. Visitors in to school enhance our pupils understanding. As part of our RS curriculum we often visit places of worship e.g. churches, temples, mosques and synagogues. Our School has established a partnership with a school in Africa and our pupils learn about and support the work going on there.