The British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance and respect are embedded in our curriculum at Gibside.
These values are actively promoted in a variety of ways, some of which are set out below. This should not be seen as an exhaustive list, rather some examples of the ways in which British Values permeate the curriculum at Gibside. The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The democratic process is employed when decisions are made as part of our well-established school council. We help pupils to express their point of view and we ensure that they are listened to. Similarly, as part of annual single plan meetings pupils are encouraged to have a voice and share their views. Democracy is frequently promoted in other ways; for example ‘elections’ are held where pupils learn to make a choice and defend their point of view.
The Rule of Law
The importance of law is learnt as children develop an understanding of the laws which govern their class and school. The class team work together with the pupils to formulate these rules. Assemblies and visits from community members and organisations such as the police and fire service also reinforce an understanding of the rule of law. Children learn about the reasons and values behind laws and the consequences of breaking them. The importance of law is also reinforced throughout the day when managing behaviour.
At Gibside children are encouraged to make choices within a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. We provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely though the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils 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 lessons.
All relationships at Gibside are built on respect. Mutual respect is a central to our school ethos. Children learn about their own behaviour and how it has an effect on their rights and the rights of others. Within school children are encouraged to listen to each other and voice their own opinions within a respectful environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Many different cultures from Buddhism to Judaism are explored through the Religious Education Scheme of Work. Children frequently learn from first-hand experience during curriculum visits to places of worship. Similarly special themed days/weeks further enhance pupils understanding. For example children may taste Chinese food and learn about the Chinese culture during a focus on Chinese New Year celebrations.
Through assemblies and stories, an understanding about other cultures and religions is also reinforced. Children learn about their place in a culturally diverse society and they experience such diversity within the school community.