‘Keeping our children safe and ensuring schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important.’
Department for Education (2014).
In the 2011 Prevent Strategy, the government set out its definition of British Values::
· the rule of law
· individual liberty
· mutual respect
· tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Cherry Tree Academy we actively promote these values across school life. We reinforce this through collective worship and SEAL (Social and Emotional aspects of Learning), through which the values really come to life. British values are also fostered through our creative curriculum.
Our are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others. Children are taught to respect the right of individuals to have their voices and opinions heard. They are taught to discuss issues in a balanced and calm way. Each year the children review their Class Rules to ensure that they are still relevant. The School Council meets regularly and discusses issues raised in class or as a whole school. Throughout the year pupils complete an annual questionnaire in order to be able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the schools or the country are consistently reinforced at our school. Children are taught the value and the reason behind the rules and the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as local Police help to reinforce this message.
At our school, children are actively encouraged to make the right choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are expected to take responsibility for their own actions and to understand the consequence their actions might have.. The understanding of rights and responsibilities are promoted through acts of collective worship, e safety, PSHE and SEAL.
Mutual respect is a core value at our school. Children learn that their behaviours influence their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Preparing our children for life in modern Britain is one of our core roles as a school. Therefore, actively promote celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Through RE, PSHE and SEAL we reinforce messages of tolerance, respect and, most importantly, acceptance.