British Values

Promoting British Values at St Michael’s Pre-school.

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, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year in the Prevent Duty 2015. At St Michael’s Pre-school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

We listen to children’s and parent’s voice. Our Achieving Positive Behaviours policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others. Small group time and meaningful conversations with peers and adults, teach our children to listen to and respect other people and their values.

The Rule of Law:
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules), that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. Rules are reviewed at register time and our Happy/Sad board provides a visual representation of consequence and rewards for our children’s actions. The use of social stories and directed discussions, also help to communicate our expectations and that our actions have consequence. Thus enabling children to assimilate their understanding of right and wrong.

Individual Liberty:
Within school, 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 young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Adults encourage children to help each other during play, snack, lunch and tidy up time, along with promoting independence through awarding small levels of responsibility, nurturing children’s confidence to choose resources and take turns independently.

Mutual Respect:
Our school ethos and Achieving Positive Behaviours policy are underpinned by a strong emphasis of ‘Respect’. Adults model this to children by caring, sharing and listening to others. Also, children are helped to understand how to show respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others. Our Magic Moments and Wow Moments celebrate how we are all unique, different but equal. To ensure our children’s understanding of respect is wide reaching, visits from Police, Nurses, Woodgreen Animal Shelter and Fire-fighters help them to understand and respect the roles of people in the community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
In our learning and routines at Pre-school we promote tolerance and understanding while celebrating British values, this will help children respect other cultures while developing a sense of national identity. We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. We visit the church for Harvest Festival and Christmas, we celebrate British traditions such as Shrove Tuesday and the Royal Family events and we also observe traditions from other cultures such as Chinese New Year and Diwali. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural activities.