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British Values





Promoting British Values

Bordesley Village is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows LA equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Bordesley Village is dedicated to preparing pupils to be both secondary ready and equipped for adult life beyond the formal curriculum, ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils. The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.

The five British Values are:
• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our school has developed a strong culture and climate and staff share a mission to ensure secure positive experiences and outcomes for pupils in all aspects of their academic and personal development.
All staff are regularly trained to provide them with strategies to support our pupils, families and carers. Training includes; The Prevent Agenda, Homophobia, FGM and E safety.
The examples that follow show some of the many ways Bordesley Village seeks to embed British values.
Democracy
 
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Bordesley Village, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council is very active and meets weekly to genuinely effect change within the school. Council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Pupils also vote for Pupil of the Week and Pupil of the Year. The principle of democracy is also explored in the curriculum as well as in circle time and assemblies. Pupils’ views are also accessed through evaluations and interviews about teaching, learning, safety and security.

The rule of law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Bordesley Village. Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are in line with our school behaviour programme, school and class rules. Relevant to their age, pupils are taught the value and responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when the laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire service reinforce this message.

Mutual Respect

Respect is a strong part of Bordesley Village and is part of its core mission and values. Pupils learn that their behaviour's have and effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments. Pupils demonstrate courteous and polite behaviour's and are encouraged to acknowledge such manners in others.

Tolerance of those of different beliefs and faiths

Our diversity is our strength and we celebrate it. We have approximately 27 different languages in our school and we work collectively to equip them with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Pupils are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate both festivities and beliefs throughout the calendar year.

The Religious education agreed Birmingham syllabus provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions, behaviour's and cultures, and is taught throughout the school.

Our own cross curricular planning and delivery further celebrates our pupils differing heritage and beliefs through Topic days and a range of trips and events the enhance their learning. To ensure that all pupils have access to our curriculum we pay for all educational visits.

Bordesley Village Primary school has also been accredited with the International Schools Award - Intermediate and has worked in partnership with schools overseas to teach pupils about life in other countries and develop the as global citizens.


Individual liberty

At Bordesley Village, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive setting. Staff at Bordesley Village educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are supported to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety ,anti bullying/ homophobic bullying and PSHE. Parents and carers have also had the opportunity to access E Safety training. We have a robust anti-bullying culture and have in place a comprehensive behaviour support programme.

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