Promoting British Values at The Abbey CE VA Primary School
The Department for Education have 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.” We have a statement about each of these British Values on our school website.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Green Council and Faith Council and regular pupil questionnaires. The elections of these Councils each year are based solely on pupil votes and children in Year 1-6 can stand for election for these posts. Two representatives are voted for by their class for each Council. Children have to prepare a short speech to the class to explain why they would be a strong representative and what ideas they have. The teachers have a record of prior Council membership, but not all children want to stand for election and this has to be respected. Children are not allowed to stand for the same Council two years in a row.
The democratically elected children will then be awarded their enamelled Council badges and I am sure they will bring many interesting and sensible suggestions from their classes. The School Council will meet with the headteacher at least twice a term to discuss issues and ideas to improve Abbey School. Katie Wright, Chair of the Governing Body, is looking forward to meeting the children to listen to their thoughts and ideas.
Two pupils from years 1 to 6 are democratically elected to the School Council each year. The Council meets each half term with the Headteacher to discuss school issues. Council members seek the views of their classmates and these are brought back to council meetings. All children within the school know that they have a voice and that their views are listened to. This helps to develop their sense of community and responsibility.