Promoting British Values

The DfE 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, 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 in 2014. At Goose Green these values are reinforced regularly through our whole school PSHE programme and in the following ways:

Democracy

  • Pupils vote for representatives on the school council and eco warriors annually
  • Pupils are encouraged to share their views about how the school can be improved
  • Pupils contribute towards decision making and school policy
  • Older pupils support younger pupils during lunchtime and through enrichment afternoons every Friday
  • Through drama and PHSE pupils discuss issues around fairness, equality etc
  • School assembly themes are important for highlighting issues around democracy rights and responsibilities (appreciation, co-operation, freedom, democracy, hope, courage and respect)
  • Pupils have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school
  • Pupils frequently take part in interschool debates supported by James Alleyns Girls school where the house discusses such issues as ‘The house believes that voting should be compulsory”. Through these experiences they learn about the key principles around democracy
  • The curriculum encourages focus on current events and through discussion fosters rights, responsibility, democracy, freedom, respect etc
  • through our Whole school PSHE programme

The Rule of Law

  • Our behavior policy is clear, consistently applied and shared by all in the community
  • Rules are consistently reinforced at Goose Green
  • Whole school and class rules are an important part of the school ethos and support us to promote a harmonious and happy environment where all pupils feel safe
  • Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school and the Goose Green Way
  • Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind school rules and laws
  • Pupils across the school have visits from the police to talk about laws, rights and responsibilities
  • Children take part in the Princess Trust skill force scheme which includes teams supporting pupils to engage in a range of activities
  • Pupils are clear about the consequences if rules are broken in our school
  • through our Whole school PSHE programme

Individual Liberty

As Goose Green 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 your pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering curriculum.

  • We promote our schools anti bullying policy through PHSE, drama, workshops and school assemblies
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms through circle time and the school PHSE curriculum
  • Pupils are continuously advised on how to exercise their personal freedoms safely through the school e-safety programme and PHSE curriculum
  • Pupils develop Mindfulness skills
  • through our Whole school PSHE programme

Mutal Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of the Goose Green ethos and values. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Ethos and Values we promote:

  • Our aim is to form a partnership with families and the community to prepare our diverse school population to become lifelong learners in a high achieving, inclusive, creative, nurturing and safe environment.
  • At the heart of our school, we value the strengths of all members of our school community. We believe in providing all children with the skills for lifelong learning through engaging children in a rich, challenging curriculum within a shared culture of safety and respect. At Goose Green we believe that all learners are unique individuals who are entitled to realise their full potential.
  • We believe that excellent learning occurs when children feel safe and are having fun. In our school we respect all cultures and originality. We provide inspiration for lifelong learning and both adults and child learning new things every day.
  • Parents are part of our partnership and very much involved in the learning of our children.
  • through our Whole school PSHE programme

Tolerance Of Those Of Different Faiths And Beliefs

Goose Green is a richly diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious educations and PHSE lessons reinforce message of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Our school curriculum consistently encourages educational visits to different places of worship.