At De Lacy Primary School, we promote ‘British Values’ through spiritual, moral, social and cultural education throughout the school’s curriculum. We recognise that such development is most successful when those attitudes are promoted by all staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
Here is how we promote the different ‘British Values’:
We ensure that children are given a voice. They are empowered by being given opportunities to make choices about things they believe are important. We also use the school council as an opportunity to experience representation through a voting process.
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour, helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. We help pupils learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. We teach them to recognise right from wrong and why we have rules in school and society.
We encourage pupils to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. Some pupils will be able to take responsibility for particular roles, such as Junior Librarians and School Council Representatives. They understand that with certain rights comes a level of responsibility.
The school motto of ‘Widening Horizons’ is embodied in all we do – this includes removing any barriers to the liberty offered by lifelong learning and employment.
The first and principle statement on our School Rules is that ‘Pupils should treat each other with respect’. We promote each pupil’s inclusion in a range of activities, settings and locations. Our pupils go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools. It is important for our school to be part of the community as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
As we live in a multi-faith society we promote the belief that each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We celebrate faiths throughout the year with assemblies and workshops, where parents are actively encouraged to participate. We celebrate our differences and pupils are mutually respectful of these.