British Values at Albourne
Albourne CE Primary School promotes and upholds the British Values of Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance alongside other Christian Values. An understanding of democracy is developed through our School Council. Elections are held at the start of the year when pupils share their manifesto. Following a vote, each class elects class representatives to the School Council. The council meets regularly to bring to the group any issues or ideas from their classes. In addition, they are consulted about their ideas for school improvement and in policy making.
During the time of the General Election 2015, all the children were introduced to the concept of democracy through the electoral process, and were given an understanding of how our government is run at an age-appropriate level. Some classes even held their own 'General Elections', and some of our maths learning was taught through statistics!
An understanding of the rule of law is developed through discussion of the rights and responsibilities of the pupils, as stated in the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This informs individual class charters, and impacts on relationships and behaviour in school. Children are helped to learn to manage their behaviour through making the right choices, and to understand the consequences of their actions. We all use the language of rights and responsbilities when discussing situations with children.
We have regular visits to school from our Neighbourhood Schools Officer, who supports the children in their understanding of right and wrong, and we also welcome visits from the lcoal Fire Service who help the children understand their role, as well as providing safety training.
To support positive behaviour in school, the children have been involved in devising a 'ladder of consequences' where inappropriate behaviour has been identified and matched to sanctions that children have decided are suitable to each behaviour.
. An understanding of civil liberty (freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of religious worship) is developed through pupil voice, pupil choice and pupil influence in the curriculum, and in all other aspects of school life. An understanding of respect and tolerance is developed through our school ethos and our rights and responsibilities. Respect is one of our core values and has been discussed in depth through collective worship and through the curriculum for Religious Education. Other values are developed through Collective Worship, House assemblies, which our run by our House Captains, and our class assembly sessions, which often involve circle time to give everyone the chance to share their opinion and feelings.
Global awareness is developed through much of our geography curriculum, and in particular through our link with TVS Hosur Academy near Bangalore in India. We annually host teachers from the school, and members of our staff have visited India to strengthen our links as the two schools learn about the similarities and differences in our school cultures via Skype links and shared work. This helps all children and staff to understand their place in the world, and to recognise respect other cultures, religions and ways of life.