Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values at Sunnyfields

At Sunnyfields, we promote fundamental British values through our ethos, the curriculum, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and through our work as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. We reinforce and promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs as demonstrated below:

Democracy

 UNCRC   Article 12 Every child has the right to be heard

                Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

Sunnyfields is a level 2 UNICEF Rights Respecting school. The children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. The role of the adults, or duty bearers, is also made clear on the charter. In addition

we have a lunchtime and playtime charter so that rights respecting language and behaviour permeates all aspects of school life. A group of pupils are nominated as UNICEF Ambassadors to discuss rights and fundraising, and to present ideas at assemblies on whole school issues. Most recently they worked with the School Council to review the school's Behaviour policy with the head and deputy head.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by pupils. Two council members for each year group are voted by each class. School Council is also involved in the recruitment of new staff.

Children have an annual questionnaire to put forward their views about the school. Last year children were involved in making decisions about the new school uniform. They are often encouraged to choose different pathways in lessons, giving them additional choice and autonomy.

During the run up to the May 2015 general election, the local MP, Dr Matthew Offord visited the school and met the school council to discuss a campaign for a zebra crossing.

The Rule of Law

UNCRC   Article 19 Every child has the right to be protected from harm

               Article 1 Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 29 Every child has the right to an education

 

The importance of laws is consistently reinforced throughout the school day. 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. The home/ school agreement sets out the contract between the school, the child and their parents. The class charter sets out expected behaviour and associated rights in each class. Circle time is used as an opportunity to discuss difficult situations that benefit from whole class discussion. Keeping safe when using the internet is regularly discussed with children in computing lessons and in assemblies. All members of the school community sign our Acceptable Use Policy and pledge to use the internet safely. Vertically grouped circle times are used to discuss school wide issues and concerns.

The school has very good links with authorities such as the Police and Fire Service, who visit every year and help to reinforce the Rule of Law and how to keep safe.

Individual Liberty

UNCRC   Article 19 Every child has the right to be protected from harm

               Article 12 Every child has the right to be heard

               Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

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, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; for example in computing through our E-Safety policy.

Sunnyfields pupils are given the freedom to make many choices, be this in class, through their choice of learning strategies (the 4 Rs), in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, through fundraising or sporting opportunities or their choice of musical instrument in Key Stage 2.

Mutual Respect

UNCRC   Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 29 Every child has the right to an education

As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos and values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. There are many opportunities to develop SMSC across the curriculum for example through R.E., PSHE, PE, art, music, history, geography, science and English. Children are encouraged to work in collaboration as much as possible either in their class, with other year groups as mediators, as digital leaders and sometimes with other schools in sport or at music and dance festivals.

All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We publish all our behaviour policies on the website and parents, pupils and staff sign a home school agreement setting out our expectations.  Assemblies on inspirational people reflect this ethos, such as our Martin Luther King Day and the Rosa Parks Bus Assembly. We hold an annual Community Day to celebrate the diversity of our school community.

 

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

UNCRC   Article 2  Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect

               Article 14 Every child has the right to practice their own religion

               Article 30 Every child has the right to practice their own culture

Sunnyfields is an incredibly diverse community. Within our school we constantly promote tolerance of our communities, languages, faiths and beliefs by:

Language of the month assemblies: children are asked to contribute to this by bringing in artefacts, costumes, flags. All class teachers are given transliterated phrases to use every day in the register or at assemblies. Arabic, Krio, Polish, Slovak, Pashtu have all been chosen.

As an inclusive school we have drawn up an annual timetable of important religious festivals throughout the year. During these we encourage the children to identify similarities between faiths. Diwali, Eid al Futr, Guru Nanak's Birthday, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Purim, Easter and Shrove Tuesday are examples of festivals celebrated at Sunnyfields recently. The children take on central roles in all these assemblies to which parents and governors are invited.

Our Religious Education syllabus, Personal, Social, Health and Emotional curriculum and Rights Respecting School initiative reinforce our commitment towards a tolerant society. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Year 5 visit Hendon Reform Synagogue during their unit on Judaism, Year 2 visit St Mary's church and Year 4 visit the Hindu Temple in Neasden. At every opportunity we explore the similarities between religions and cultures.

 

At Sunnyfields we will actively challenge pupils, staff, parents or anyone in the school community expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.