At South Baddesley we uphold and teach children about British Values. These values are expressed as:
Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
British Values in action
Each term, we identify links to these British Values through our Collective Worship programme. We further explore each theme through our PSHE programme, as well as making links through the texts we read and topics we explore.
Our pupil councils demonstrate democracy in action and pupils learn to both contribute their own ideas and listen to others. Children learn how to have productive debates and make collective decisions. Opportunities such as School Council help children to demonstrate mutual respect. This is further reinforced through our Behaviour Policy and whole school events such as our annual memorial service at St. Mary’s Church.
Sometimes children are involved in additional school development projects such as the Landscape Strategy. They shared their ideas and listened to the ideas of others before the final Landscape Strategy was created (the Landscape Strategy can be found on the Parent’s Page).
Children understand the importance of laws through our school Behaviour Policy and through our class charters. Children understand the need to follow these rules in order to work and play in a harmonious culture. The Class Charters can be found on the class pages section of this website. Through our Community Assemblies and our PSHE curriculum children learn about people who help us and keep us safe.
Children learn that individual liberty requires them to make safe and sensible choices. Daily school life is rich in opportunities for children to make choices, from Forest School to Learning Mentors. Children are asked to decide on their seating arrangements at lunch time. They make significant contributions to the planning of Community Assemblies and can choose to be a Young First Aider at break time. Our E-safety curriculum helps children to learn how to make good choices on-line and how to keep themselves safe.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is achieved by helping children to understand that they live in a culturally diverse world. Special culture weeks, such as Refugee Week, and topics such as China, help to reinforce this, plus our daily work to provide resources and literature from a wide range of cultures and societies. Our RE curriculum explores a range of faiths and beliefs.