Statement on British Values
Carlton Primary School is committed to serving its local community and surrounding areas. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the area and of the United Kingdom.
The school, as a ‘Community 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 the governing body regarding equal opportunities and access for all, 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 emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The Government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ –there are the values of:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
How do we promote British Values at Carlton?
The school, though it’s daily life, the delivery of the curriculum and beyond, promotes strategies to ensure that the application of these values are made clear to all pupils and that opportunities are provided where they can apply these values.
The list below outlines a sample of when and where such British Values are shared. The list is not exhaustive, and represents only some of what we do.
As part of the teaching of discrete subjects: Developing the skill set required to access and apply the information taught as part of lessons, to learn how to make, express and execute decisions as part of the school setting and within everyday life. These include the understanding and use of money, high level writing and reading skills, collaborative work in all subjects, discussion and researching of ideas and concepts and gaining a broad and balanced understanding of the society in which they live. Aspects of study beyond core skills include the historical and geographical context of the United Kingdom, incorporating local and national evolution, as well as international comparisons.
Whole school daily acts of collective worship/assembly: The sharing of stories, images, events, music and expectations that promotes the values. The assemblies are planned to be meaningful to children regardless of knowledge, experience or cognitive maturity.
As a ‘community school’, ‘collective worship’ is non-denominational and recognises that those attending may have a wide range of faiths, or none. It is however an opportunity for all children to develop their understanding and respect of the different faiths. The school also views assembly as a vehicle to explore aspects of the SEAL curriculum –Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and to reinforce moral issues that underpin a safe and cohesive society.
Religious Education: The school follows the Camden curriculum for religious education. The aim of the curriculum is to ensure that the children gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices, which covers key religions represented in the UK.
Physical Education: Through lessons and competitions (both in school and beyond)- the promotion of the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion of all, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
School Council: Promotion of democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns. Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of authority and influence.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Head teacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is, intentionally or otherwise undermining these values, you are invited to share these concerns with the Head teacher.
For more information about how the school seeks to represent key British Values, please contact the school and we will be happy to answer any questions.