The Department for Education have highlighted 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 tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’

These principles are promoted at Tibshelf Schools Federation by giving our pupils a sense of belonging both in school, the wider community and the country in which they live.

We believe that our pupils should acquire knowledge of both the past and the present which informs them of how British values have been shaped. We ensure our pupils gain a sense of enjoyment and curiosity in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

We promote the concept of democracy through:

  • Democratically electing a School Council and following a democratic process in running the Council
  • Celebrating achievements in weekly awards assemblies
  • Consulting pupils, parents/carers through questionnaires and discussions on a range of topics
  • Following child-initiated class and playground rules
  • Appointing and training” Mini leaders” to assist in supporting games and activities at playtimes and lunchtimes
  • Applying peer assessment to identified work through our marking policy
  • Treats voted and chosen for by the children
  • Promoting Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values
  • Shaping the curriculum, university workshops and role play areas from children’s ideas

We promote The Rule of law through:

  • Our School Behaviour Policy- Sanctions and Rewards
  • School assemblies
  • Literacy lessons: opportunities for debating, learning how to argue and defend ideas and views
  • Plays and role play – links with people and visitors who may enforce the law within the community
  • School Council reviews and discusses issues related to the school rules regularly

We promote the concept Individual Liberty through:

  • Pupil responsibilities of being monitors, learning buddies, mini leaders, ambassadors etc
  • Providing a wide range of enrichment activities which children can choose from through the university workshops and other aspects of learning day to day.
  • Online Safety and Safeguarding lessons and activities including working with other services such as the police and fire brigade
  • SMSC lessons; keeping safe from harm physically and emotionally
  • Children choosing their own level of challenge in some lessons
  • Anti-Bullying work

We promote Mutual Respect through:

  • Our school rules and the ‘how we behave’….in many different settings e.g. Trips, at the swimming pool etc.
  • Whole school theme weeks
  • Charity fund raising events
  • Participating in local community events
  • Visiting different places of cultural and religious significance for different members of our community
  • Through Personal, Social and Health education topics in each year group

We promote Tolerance of Different Faiths and Cultures through:

  • School assemblies
  • Visits to places of religious, social and cultural significance
  • Themed lunch days
  • Visitors in school
  • Displays around the school
  • Library books and resources for children to access
  • RE lessons