British Values underpin every aspect of our school day, as do our school values.
British Values are more than simply statements, they are a mind-set for all of us that defines our nation. The way we uphold these values defines our school.
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Salmestone.
We complete staff, parent and pupil questionnaires regularly so all interested groups can share their views, make suggestions and influence future planning for our school.
Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility which is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.
We are introducing a school council this year which will meet regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Council members for each year group are voted in by their peers.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Alongside our rules, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express our views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely; for example:
- choices about how they can improve their learning
- choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through PSHE lessons.
Children in Year 6 are all given key roles and responsibilities
Through opportunities such as our extra-curricular clubs and Residential Trips, pupils are given the freedom to make safe choices.
Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is at the heart of our school values.
We have high expectations for the behaviour of everyone at Salmestone.
All members of the school community are expected to be polite, kind and respectful.
We teach the children that conflict will be dealt with calmly and fairly. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
We often remind children of their four rights within our school:
The right to have fun
The right to learn
The right to have a voice
The right to be safe
We celebrate each other’s achievements, whether that be in or out of school, through our weekly Celebration Assemblies and our home school communication app – MarvellousMe.
When our older children are given key roles and responsibilities to work alongside younger children this helps to promote mutual respect across the age phases.
Our RE and PSHE curriculum ensures that our children have a good understanding of a range of religious beliefs and customs and reinforces our emphasis on respect for those with different faiths or cultures to our own.
These lessons also encourage children to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life. Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith.
We will always challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour and encourage children to think critically if they are presented with such opinions.