Core Professional Purpose/British Values
At Lyons Hall Primary School our Core Professional Purpose is:
TOGETHER WE LEARN FOR LIFE
By creating a caring learning environment where we challenge ourselves, believe in our potential and
celebrate the achievements of all.
We believe people have the necessary resources to make changes
We believe possibilities are infinite
We believe the problem is the problem not the person
We believe if it works, we’ll do more of it, if it doesn’t we’ll do something different
We believe co-operation enhances positive change
Promoting British Values at Lyons Hall
The DfE have recently reinforced 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 mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy
and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Lyons Hall Primary, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices
heard through our Learning Council. Children elected to be on the learning council represent the views of their classmates on various issues. The children are frequently encouraged to work as teams to make decisions and to hear and respect the views of all parties. Where a decision cannot be made, voting is encouraged. The children also get the opportunity to vote on certain activities and treats.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or
country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day including assemblies, as well as when dealing with behaviour. 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 events such as Think Safe Be Safe are regular parts of our calendar and 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 pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and Core Learning Skills lessons. Pupils are educated in their rights to be safe from harm and ways to prevent this through visits from the NSPCC. Pupils are able to make educated choices around challenge, school lunches, how they record their learning, participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and other opportunities as they arise.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated in our classroom environments, as well as our behaviour policy. The school rules are Be kind, Be safe and Be responsible and it is stressed that children must also respect the rights of others to be treated kindly, to be safe and to be treated responsibly. Through the Core Learning Skills curriculum children learn to give their opinions constructively and respect those of others especially when they differ. Understanding of others and their needs is taught through the Understanding Each Other project. Respect is also reinforced through working in teams.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. This includes a visit to a Hindu temple. School resources are purchased with diversity in mind. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. A local vicar is invited to contribute to assemblies on a weekly basis. Such issues are also embedded in the curriculum. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Document Produced January 2015