Promoting British Values at Severndale

The DfE have 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 were reiterated in 2016. At Severndale, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

The school vision, aims and values clearly state the importance we place on each member of the school community as an individual who is valued and respected by everyone else.

Severndale believes that pupil voice is vitally important and helps pupils both to reflectively engage in their learning, and to consider or challenge the issues that are important to them at school. To support this process a member of staff co-ordinates ‘pupil voice’ across the school and ensures that all pupils, regardless of their disabilities are able to have a say in their education and the life of the school.

We have an active School Council that meet with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in each class. The School Council is listened to by school staff and it is able to effect change.  Every child on the school council is voted in by other pupils in their class.

Focused work, where appropriate, during PHSE lessons, engages children in considering what it means to be British and that being British is about living alongside others in a multi-cultural community. Pupils are encouraged to understand the viewpoints and practices, backgrounds and contributions that everyone makes to the country.

All pupils complete an annual ‘Pupil Views’ questionnaire that is used to inform their Annual Review but is also used to enable them to put forward their views about the school. Pupils are able to complete, with support where necessary, different versions of the questionnaire depending upon their cognitive ability.

There is a shared understanding of what is politeness and good behaviour and this is promoted at all times.

The school vision, aims and values clearly state the importance we place on each member of the school community as an individual who is valued and respected by everyone else.

Severndale believes that pupil voice is vitally important and helps pupils both to reflectively engage in their learning, and to consider or challenge the issues that are important to them at school. To support this process a member of staff co-ordinates ‘pupil voice’ across the school and ensures that all pupils, regardless of their disabilities are able to have a say in their education and the life of the school.

We have an active School Council that meet with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in each class. The School Council is listened to by school staff and it is able to effect change.  Every child on the school council is voted in by other pupils in their class.

Focused work, where appropriate, during PHSE lessons, engages children in considering what it means to be British and that being British is about living alongside others in a multi-cultural community. Pupils are encouraged to understand the viewpoints and practices, backgrounds and contributions that everyone makes to the country.

All pupils complete an annual ‘Pupil Views’ questionnaire that is used to inform their Annual Review but is also used to enable them to put forward their views about the school. Pupils are able to complete, with support where necessary, different versions of the questionnaire depending upon their cognitive ability.

There is a shared understanding of what is politeness and good behaviour and this is promoted at all times.