The Government states that all school children need to be prepared for life in modern Britain and should understand what British Values are. We give below details of what the Government outline these to be and in brackets you can see what our children felt this meant to them when we discussed it with them.
Decisions made together, in a fair way. These decisions can often involve a vote.
The Rule of Law
Laws made by Parliament to tell us what we must and must not do. Laws help us to make sure our lives run smoothly.
Having the freedom to make choices.
Treating everyone with respect and understanding that our behaviour affects others.
Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and for Those without a Faith
Celebrating different faiths and cultures. Understanding that people have a right to their beliefs, even if they are different from ours.
Our curriculum, where applicable, includes key references to fundamental British Values. For example, ‘democracy’ is taught within our history work on Ancient Greece and Civil Rights during RE.
We ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to - we regularly use pupil voice to help us with school developments and curriculum reviews.
We actively promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the pupils.
In RE, our pupils are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as they travel through life. RE encourages them to understand what makes them the person they are, develop and nurture healthy minds, have a curious outlook, think independently, and evaluate what they hear and see. They will gain insights and knowledge to help equip them as responsible citizens, ready to contribute positively to our society and the wider world. They will have the knowledge and skills to make sense of the world in which they live and relate to others in it. They will learn to embrace diversity, and to appreciate and look after the world we share.
Our children also take part in fundraising for external charities as well as for the school, often organised by our School Council, helping them to understand how they can positively contribute to the lives of others.
At Lantern Lane, we have worked hard to ensure that these values are encompassed by our C.A.R.E values and are shared in such a way that everyone can understand them.
Our CARE values can be found here