Promoting British Values
All maintained schools must meet the requirements set out in section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values.
At Fairfield School through the delivery of our curriculum and Planning for SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and cultural ) development we:
Include in suitable parts of the curriculum, as appropriate for the age and understanding of our pupils:
- British (Democratic) values. These values are our aims which we keep at the heart of everything we do and are evident in every relationship we have throughout the day.
- The key word is the human value of respect. We all have a right to be respected and a responsibility to respect each other.
- Democracy - We believe in being a strong team – having a sense of belonging to that team - working together to make sure everyone’s needs are met. We teach about friendship, sharing and being part of a group in every learning session.
- We ensure all pupils have a voice that is listened to. We demonstrate how democracy works by promoting democratic processes such as school council, and the Trust Parliament.
- Rule of Law within the classroom, out of the classroom and when out in the community. We have clarity around codes of conduct and behaviour so that the whole school community takes responsibility for knowing what is acceptable. Rewarding positive behaviour enables pupils to know what is appropriate.
- Liberty and Mutual Respect – we develop communication skills and nurture the right of all pupils to make choices in what they do and express themselves. We create opportunities to learn and allow independence to flourish. Pupil voice is evident in the work of every child.
- Collective worship- the pupils and staff take part in collective worship at the end of every day. We reflect on the day in a calm and relaxing environment, Rewarding positive behaviour for that day, sharing practices of good behaviour
- Re enforcing the rules of good classroom and whole school etiquette.
We enjoy learning about and sharing in the celebrations of the different religious faiths in the world and the values they teach, including humanitarian values such as those around equality.
We are passionate about the fact that at Fairfield we have the child’s interests at heart in everything we do.
And we are committed to working practices which support and reflect this.