At Whirley Primary School we aim for our children to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. In order to teach this, we use our Charter;
The key words on our charter are:
The Charter is taught through PHSE and in assemblies and works alongside the Bristish Values.
To support all members of our school community in recognising these values we use Restorative Practices. This means that all children have a voice within challenging situations and are afforded the opportunity to reflect before moving forward. All staff are trained in this approach. The aim of Restorative Practice is to build trust and commitment within the school community.
Mutual respect and the tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Respect is a fundamental school value which is communicated to children through our classroom and school rules. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum.
Democracy is a school value that children meet when discussing respect and fairness:
- School and class rules.
- Children’s voice is valued throughout the school at class and whole school level.
- Whenever possible we model the democratic process informally.
- Children are given plenty of opportunities to share their views, across the curriculum.
- Children are also taught to respect public institutions and service, e.g. ‘people who help us.’ [EYFS]
Rule of Law
All children are taught to understand the importance of making’ right choices’ and that we need to make right choices to keep our school a happy and safe place to learn. Our PSHE and SMSC curriculum provide staff with further opportunities to embed our values and rules. We teach children the importance of keeping to the school rules.
Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves. We support them in becoming confident, effective independent learners and citizens in many of our curriculum activities. We foster children taking responsibility for their own action e.g. their ‘choice.’ We teach children that with freedom comes responsibilities for their behaviour.