Promoting British Values

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 rule of law, individual liberty and 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 in 2014.

Here at Pitcheroak we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education that is firmly embedded throughout our curriculum and helps to support the holistic development of all our children.

We believe in treating everyone as individuals. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and celebrate this through various events during the year such as themed assemblies and special days such as the Queen’s birthday party.

We identify ‘British Values’ as:

Democracy

We recognise the importance of communication for all our pupils and we endeavour to give all our pupils a way to communicate. This is outlined in our “Communication Commitment”. We ensure all our pupils are given opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe are important. We value each child’s communication whatever the method.

We have an extremely active School Council, the members of this are elected by the pupils every year and we have regular meetings and influence many aspects of school improvement.

Rule of law

At Pitcheroak good behaviour is an expectation. Staff provide a consistent approach throughout the school day helping pupils to understand that actions have consequences. We have a pastoral support worker who is also a Team Teach tutor who leads on behaviour strategies. The pastoral support worker supports in class and offers advice and strategies to staff and parents/carers on any pupils where behaviour gives cause for concerns. We support pupils and class teams with individual behaviour plans if necessary.

Our pupils’ safety is paramount and our school environment and culture enables our pupils to feel happy safe and secure.

Individual Liberty

Throughout their time at Pitcheroak we encourage pupils to become as independent as possible and to become valued members of their community.

We provide a caring and nurturing environment which enables all pupils to develop their confidence and self‐esteem. We support others by taking part in both Local and National Fundraising events for example Macmillan, Children in Need, Sport Relief and Comic Relief.

Mutual Respect

At Pitcheroak we respect everyone within our community and beyond. This can be seen throughout the school day in all activities and locations around school.

Our pupils’ work and interact with a variety of people not just within school but by accessing the wider community this includes meeting students from other schools, theatre groups, attending sporting events or on educational visits. We have an extremely comprehensive range of enrichment opportunities that are tracked and monitored on a weekly basis.

We believe that education extends beyond the school building and that it is important to facilitate opportunities for our pupils to access their local community. We also encourage our parents/carers to be part of school life as much as they are able.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Pitcheroak is a diverse community and we value and respect everyone within our community regardless of their age, ability, race, gender, faith or culture.

We celebrate diversity by providing curricular opportunities to broaden our pupils’ experiences and awareness of others. Opportunities to celebrate and learn about other faiths is clearly outlined in our 4 year long term curriculum plan.

Our assemblies encourage our pupils to find out about other cultures and communities as well as their own. They follow themes which include helping others, friendships and working together.  We also celebrate national and world events as well as religious festivals from a variety of cultures.

At Pitcheroak we work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that our pupils are happy, well cared for and are helped to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.