British Values and SMSC
The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
At Sunny Bank Primary School we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through our curriculum and supports the development of the whole child. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our children.
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
Democracy: Children at Sunny Bank Primary School have the opportunity to have their voices heard in a number of ways. The elections of Head and Deputy Boy/Girl, House Captains and other significant roles in Year Six, our School Council and Eco Council are based predominantly upon the children's votes. Through our School Council and Eco Council, Pupil questionnaires, Pupil Voice Interviews with staff and Governors the children's ideas and suggestions are heard. Our children discuss class rules at the beginning of each academic year and monitor their own areas of school responsibility in Year Six. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty.
Rule of Law: The importance of laws, such as those covered in class rules or class charters, the school rules, or our countries rules, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, through school assemblies as well as when dealing with any behaviour incidents. Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws - that they govern and protect us, keep us healthy and safe and the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Visits from the Police, the Fire Service, the Road Safety teams and Bikeability teams etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Workshops and education on Online Safety and rules around the Internet are also discussed regularly. Our local community Police Officers attend school events where possible and speak to pupils in small groups where necessary and our children in Year Six attend Crucial Crew training during the Summer term.
We believe this encourages an environment that enables children to feel safe and secure, which in turn promotes optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Individual Liberty: Children at Sunny Bank are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education which aims to encourage respect, tolerance and inclusion. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advise on how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety and PSHE lessons. Our children are encouraged to participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, being given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect: Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around our Core Value of ‘Respect.' This is reiterated and promoted in class discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters, photographs and artwork around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom rules and charters as well as our behaviour policy. As children move through school they often go out to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include sports events, community events and joint events with schools in our local community or with our Vision MAT schools.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs: Sunny Bank Primary School serves a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all children’s experiences and awareness of others.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to come into school to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Links across the Local Authority and with our Vision MAT schools helps us promote tolerance and understanding further.
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- Our children are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes, for example when studying the Local area - Unsworth, Bury and Manchester, World War Two and The Romans.
- Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong.
- As a school we take part in local sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’. Our house teams also instil these characteristics.
- We support others by participating in local community events, for example Community Litter Picks and charitable events, such as Macmillan Coffee Morning, Comic Relief, Children in Need and collecting harvest items for Bury Red Door. We believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment we can nurture a healthy self-esteem.
- Staff at Sunny Bank work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that our children are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community and the wider world.