The Department for Education has reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of which there are four; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We promote British Values within the ethos of the school at Dulverton and it is an area of focus within the timetable. All curriculum areas provide an opportunity to enhance the understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, SMSC, P4C and focus on our Golden Rules lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Different faiths and beliefs are further explored at Dulverton through the promotion of World Week and the learning which evolves from Black History week, yoga, multicultural topics and dual language texts. It is also visited through R.E lessons and assemblies.
We further promote these values across our broad, balanced and developing curriculum, through our own values (which were elected through School Council) of which there are six (one per half term):
1) Safe Environment
6) Love for Learning
Each week every class focusses on a ‘values’ objective linked to one of the values which ties in to the children’s learning that week. For example; To work collaboratively as a team member’.
Democracy is celebrated and promoted at Dulverton Primary through the election of school council members, who were elected by the pupils of each class. Pupil voice is expressed within the classroom and reported back to the school council member to participate proactively in the meetings. Individual lessons are being taught surrounding democracy and a focus on the recent elections and the EU referendum has heightened the children’s understanding. The children are part of a team across the school, of which there are four; Willersley, Hollyoak, Avery and Penhill and they work together to earn rewards (which they voted on at the beginning of the year) every half term. At Dulverton, we pride ourselves on the involvement of pupil voice to heighten learning experiences and provide meaningful feedback to each child about their learning.
Rule Of Law
At Dulverton, children understand their involvement in following rules and laws around the school and in their wider community. Our aim is to equip the children for life outside of Dulverton in the wider world and this the children respond very well too. Our children are taught from an early age the rules of the school through our Golden Rules and high expectations. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. We have welcomed visits from local Police and to ‘Junior Citizen’ to help to reinforce this and where possible, Year 6 children have visited the Houses of Parliament to learn about where the laws are passed. Year 6 also create manifestos and their own political parties by arriving at a consensus over their campaign pledges. This is followed by an election process delivered to Year 4.
Right from Early Years, children are encouraged to make decisions and informed choices with minimal direction so that they can exercise their ability to be individuals. Further through KS1 and KS2 the children are continued to be supported, especially through ‘Philosophy for Children’ lessons, to think for themselves and make their own decisions/opinions when presented with a moral dilemma. Year 3, learn about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakastani schoolgirl who wrote a diary about life under Taliban rule in North-West Pakistan and all that she persevered for her individual liberty.
Respect is one of the core values at Dulverton and is part of the school’s DNA. Many of our Key Stage assemblies focus on this aspect and children are supported to consider situations where respect is at the focus of the story. The Golden Rules and Class Charters reinforce mutual respect. The children work in teams, share ideas amongst others and show respect for others’ opinions during class discussions and assemblies as well as participating in productions and assemblies throughout the academic year.