Schools must promote Fundamental British Values:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Schools are also subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism (radicalised). This duty is known as the Prevent Duty and is part of our wider safeguarding duties.
The Department of Education have placed a duty on 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 Prevent Strategy. At Town Field Primary, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Children across school are taught about democracy within lessons using our PSHE curriculum.
Children from Y2 to Y6 are encouraged to play an active part on the Junior Leadership Team where they can influence decision making by having a voice and sharing their views and opinions regularly. Children enjoy sharing their views through questionnaires which enables them to voice our strengths and what they might like to change.
The Rule of Law
Children are taught the value of and the reasons why we have laws. They are taught that laws are made to help govern and protect us, the responsibilities that comes with this and the consequences when laws are broken. This is linked to our 3C’s and our Town Field 10 and these enable us to demonstrate a practical example of the application of laws which are reinforced consistently across school,
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make decisions and choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and make choices safely. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, how they record their learning, participation in one of our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices and decisions.
Respect (Town Field 10) is at the heart of the values we as a school expect and display. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others and they need to have a constant awareness of this. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We are proud of our rich diversity at Town Field Primary. It is crucial therefore that we explore and celebrate our diversity with the children, promoting high levels of understanding and respect. Assemblies, RE and PSHE teaching includes stories and celebrations from a variety of beliefs, countries, faiths and cultures within and beyond our children’s experiences.
We will actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including those expressing extremist and radical views.
Preventing radicalisation and extremism
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.
Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
Please see these websites for more information on preventing radicalisation and extremism for parents teachers and school leaders
The Governors and staff of Town Field Primary have a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community members. We rely on our strong values and ethos to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our children protects them from exposure to negative influences.
The school is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values.
- Children are taught about our Town Field 10 and the importance of respect and tolerance.
- Children are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech, through our Junior Leadership team, assemblies and the PSHE curriculum
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, in school and when using the internet.
- Children participate in local community events so that they appreciate and value their neighbours and peers who may not share their background.
- Children’s wellbeing, confidence and resilience are promoted through our core values and Town Field 10 skills.
- Children are supported in making good choices from a very young age, so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.
Children at Town Field Primary have been thinking about new laws that they would like to see in our country.
- Everybody should have the same amount of money.
- Always cross on the green man so we are safe.
- We should be responsible for sending boats out into the seas to clean the plastic and all the rubbish.
- Always be good, nice, happy and careful.
- Show respect to everyone always.
- Restrictions travelling to school to support global warming and environment. Only use your car a certain amount of times a week.
- Share money across the world to help others
- Stop all discrimination!
- Stop all deforestation!
- Smoking should be banned so people who don't smoke are at less risk of cancer and to save money for the NHS.
- Swearing and bad language should be made illegal because words can hurt for longer than actually hurting someone.
- Everyone (including children) should receive a basic payment so that everyone has enough money to eat, keep warm and buy essential things like school shoes.