- Fakenham Infant and Nursery School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. It recognises the multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation. The school accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by its governing body regarding equality, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all.
- The Government requires all schools to actively promote fundamental British values, in order to improve safeguarding; strengthen the barriers to extremism; ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background and to ensure young people leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. This aligns with all schools’ obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002), as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social (SMSC), mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
- The fundamental British values, first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 and reinforced through further Department for Education advice in November 2014 are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Attempts to promote systems that undermine fundamental British values would be completely at odds with our school’s duty to provide SMSC. The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values. Below are some examples of actions we take to promote British values at Fakenham Infant and Nursery School:
- Curriculum – Across the curriculum, opportunities are built into lessons for students to explore and practise fundamental British values, either through topics studied or by following the school’s general structures and behaviour codes. PSHCE schemes of learning include age appropriate opportunities to study community cohesion, conflict resolution, democracy, youth voice, human rights, the law and justice, diversity and global citizenship. In RE students learn about how and why people worship. We have close links with our local Parish church and visit there during important festivals such as Christmas and Harvest.
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process including the election of the school council. The school council meets regularly to think of ideas to improve our school.
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- Circle times, our behaviour systems, our PSHCE teaching and SCMC provision also enable all children to have a voice.
- The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced regularly throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with incidents and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
- As a caring school, 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 and care for one another.
- Fakenham Infant and Nursery school is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we create a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. We welcome and encourage the sharing of different beliefs and cultures from within our growing EAL community. Our RE, PSHE teaching reinforces this.
- An acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
- At Fakenham Infant and Nursery school, as a challenging school, we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Value, including ‘extremist’ views.