Teaching British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all 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 2011 Prevent Strategy.  In June 2014, David Cameron emphasised the important role that British Values play in education.  This however is not an entirely new initiative for us and these values have been threaded amongst our ethos and curriculum for many years.  At Cranleigh Primary these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

We have an active School Council which meets every half term with Mrs Rook to discuss issues affecting our school. The children who would like to represent the school prepare a campaign speech and are involved in an ‘election’. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the school council is voted in by their class and the councillors take forward the views of their class to the meeting. Below is a photograph of two of the school council presenting their plans for a new climbing frame at Upper School. The councillors were in charge of researching, planning and budgeting the ideas prior to the presentation.

Other school council initiatives have been:

  • Class suggestion boxes
  • Supporting and designing for the Christmas Tree Festival
  • Question and answer session with Anne Milton 

School council visits the Houses of Parliament annually to meet the local MP, a tour of how parliament works and runs, Lords and the Commons.  We also get the chance to go to the public gallery to watch enough debating.  Click here for more information on our School Council.

Children at our school are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others.  Children are taught to respect the right of individuals to have their voices and opinions heard.  They are taught to discuss issues in a balanced and calm way.

Democracy Day - September 2016

We learnt about British Values this week when we held our very own Democracy Day to vote for our House Captains, Eco Warriors and School Councillors. All our candidates had to present at hustings.  We wore red white and blue mufti for the day and our prefects helped to organise the voting at our ballot boxes.  We learnt about democracy in our PSHCE lessons that day too. 

Democracy Day - September 2015
The children really enjoyed Democracy Day. Over half of the children at upper school gave presentations and stood as candidates for Eco Warriors, School Council and year 5 House Captains.  Lower School children were just as keen to stand as candidates.  We were very fortunate to have Mr Stanforth as our guest speaker to help the children understand how democracy works both locally and nationally.  Each class took part in class activities to further deepen their understanding.  We had a very British lunch of fish and chips before voting in the ballot boxes at upper school, and there was a real buzz in the air.  The prefects did a wonderful job of helping to organise the event and get all our children to the right places at the right times with the right voting slips! 
The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Cranleigh Primary.  The children are taught from an early age the rules of the school.  These are our four Golden Rules which were created by the children.  Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.  Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Cranleigh Primary, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.  Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.  Our annual support of the British Legion Poppy Appeal, and last year’s ‘Lest We Forget’ campaign, shares the sacrifices that have been made in the past for our liberty as a nation.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values.  Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the school community treat each other with respect. One of our four golden rules is: ‘to be responsible and respectful’.

Our prefect system in year 6 is a system that many children aspire to.  The prefect role can be divided into three major areas: day to day within the school, a support for the school, a role model within the school.

Click here for more information on our prefect system.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Cranleigh Primary is situated in an area that is not greatly, culturally diverse.  The school recognises its role in preparing children for life in modern Britain.  We actively promote celebrations of different faiths and cultures.  The religious education syllabus is the agreed Surrey syllabus.  Through RE and personal and social education we reinforce messages of tolerance and respect.  Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.  The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

The curriculum.

Staff regularly review the curriculum to ensure that it promotes the areas outlined.  It also ensures that pupils are taught about key events and figures in history.  Events during the year celebrate culturally diverse occasions and memorable events taking place in the country.

For more detailed curriculum coverage please see our curriculum pages for PSHCE, RE and collective worship.

The Queen's 90th Birthday - June 2016

The children of Cranleigh Primary were thrilled to have their very own garden parties to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday.  The events, featuring traditional maypole dancing and a picnic surrounded by Union Jack bunting, were opened by Canon Derek Holbird.  Lower school children were joined by Queen Georgie, Children`s Pastor from St Nicolas Church Cranleigh. "Our pupils learnt about Queen Elizabeth`s reign, duties and family for the day and our assemblies in particular focussed on her life of service.  Our children had a wonderful experience and we all wish her Majesty a very happy birthday" said organiser Mrs Julie Moseley.