Our children are proud of their Jewish identities and beyond being taught a love of Judaism, Israel and celebrating many different Jewish festivals and events, we actively instil a pride of being British and how to play an active role in society through a fully comprehensive Personal, Social and Health Educational (PHSE) Programme, which is delivered through all areas of the Curriculum.
Our school has a strong moral code which is stated in our Behaviour Management Policy. The School’s Core Values are displayed in the classroom and throughout our School. We celebrate National Festivals and show respect by commemorating heroes and events from the past. We teach our children that they are fortunate to live in Britain and attend our School which has British Values at the core of its teaching and learning.
Below are some examples of how we teach and promote the British values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, and Mutual Respect and Tolerance for those with Different Faiths and Beliefs.
Democracy – Our active Infant and Junior School Council is democratically elected. They seek the views of their class and represent them at regular meetings. Children take part in school elections on particular issues e.g. voting to support chosen charities. Year 6 pupils visit the Houses of Parliament to experience democracy in action. Younger pupils learn about why it is important to have laws and work collaboratively in order to create rules, so all children have buy in.
The Rule of Law – Pupils are afforded the opportunity to meet members of the Emergency Services which include visits from The Police and The Fire Service. Our children understand the School Rules, the reasons behind them and that they are fair. They are taught from a young age that every action has a consequence. Our children are encouraged to take an active part in promoting the Rule of Law, through a variety of roles within school, such as Prefects, Sports Captains and Monitors. They are taught that rules and laws apply equally to everyone, and they see this in action in school every day. They are taught to respect authority and are given the opportunity to learn about the roles of authority figures within our society through visits, assemblies and workshops/outings.
Individual Liberty – Our children are encouraged to discuss their views on a range of issues in class and through our School Council. They are also taught how to respect the views of others even if they don’t agree with them. Moral concepts and values are at the heart of our Behaviour Management Policy and our Jewish Studies Curriculum. We encourage our children to pursue their own interests by offering a variety of clubs and sports to participate in and we ensure a safe classroom environment in which our children have the freedom to express their opinions. We have a strong focus on positive discipline so our children are encouraged to have a positive sense of themselves through our Class Dojo/Rewards systems and participation in activities such as The Heads-Up programme, Anti-Bullying Week and other events in the PSHE Curriculum.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance for those with Different Faiths and Beliefs – Our children celebrate Black History Month and learn about key figures from the Black Communities around the world. They study and lead assemblies that teach their peers about other faiths and celebrations e.g. Diwali/Eid and the Chinese New Year. They are explicitly taught about other cultures through the texts they encounter across the curriculum for example through texts such as ‘Floella Benjamin’s Autobiography’ in Year 6, ‘Gregory Cool’ in Year 4 and ‘Grace and Family’ in Year 2. Through discussions, our children use their own experience of anti-Semitism to empathise with their religions and communities who experience similar racism/persecution. They are encouraged to show tolerance, respect and kindness to all faiths and cultures.