Prevent and British Values
At Westlands First School, we are committed to preparing our children for life in Modern Britain. Our School proudly welcomes children and their families from a range of backgrounds into our community.
British values are defined in the 2011 Prevent Strategy as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and belief
This definition still stands under the new September 2014 standards for schools and the Equality Act.
These values are carefully woven into the fabric of daily life within our school, featuring both within our curriculum but also reinforced through a programme of Whole School Assemblies, and a range of other activities.
Pupil Voice: Children select their own representatives, by election, who sit on the School Council and take decisions on behalf of the children, they also feed into the Leadership of the school, sharing their ideas, thoughts and concerns at the highest level, thus influencing the direction school takes. Each year, each class takes the school rules and adapts them to make their own, which guide their behaviours inside the classroom. Each year the children actively study anti bullying during November's bullying week, and also learn about and apply principles of on-line safety. Through considering, applying and learning about our country, pupils grow their understanding of right and wrong, and the respect for others and their environment. This is aided by the Eco Council who are also elected representatives.
Curriculum and wider: Children have opportunities to learn about the current life and times of our royal family, and the history of our country. They also learn about people around them and their lifestyles, enabling empathy and understanding of our local community. Through Geography, RE, and wider curriculum study they also learn about the lifestyles of those further away to see that people around the world have the same fundamental values and principles that guide their life, but they may express these differently. Our school ethos is underpinned by individual freedom of choice, mutual respect and tolerance and the right and responsibilities that go with such.
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