British Values at Drapers Mills underpins every aspect of our culturally diverse school, as do our REFLECT school values (Respect, Endeavour, Fairness, Leadership, Enjoyment, Contribution, Trust). British Values is more than simply a statement, it is a mind-set for all of us.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets weekly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Two of the three council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Recently, our School Council have introduced a KS2 healthy tuck shop of fruit.
At the start of each academic year, all of the children have a vote to decide on the Head Boy and Head Girl of the school. These are then representatives for the school such as meeting guests.
We use questionnaires so that children can share their viewpoints. Recently, our Head Boy and Head Girl asked children a number of questions relating to safety and well-being at school. We have also recently carried out a survey with children regarding school dinners.
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.
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.
Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.
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.
Every term, our pupils make a choice as to which Friday University course they want to attend. They must follow the course throughout the term.
Equally, children make choices about clubs and sporting events they engage in. In class, pupils often make personal decisions about their level of challenge.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and is the first of our school value. 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
All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. Our school has a real international flavour and we often have new children join our community. Children support each other with settling in and our Young Interpretors help children to comminucate with others and have fun.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Drapers Mills Primary Academy we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
Our RE and PSHE lessons reinforce this. Inclusion in our school is seamless with strategies in place to ensure children a range of cultures feel settled and supported, along with the 18 different languages spoken. Our family team support the diverse families within our community.