British Values

At Long Meadow School we are very proud to promote British Values to all of our pupils by sharing them with our wider community.

Democracy

·         Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services

·         Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process

·         Curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain

·         Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school

·         Organise visits to the local council and Parliament

·         Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view

·         Help pupils to express their views

·         Teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account

·         Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged

Rule of Law

·         Ensure that school rules and expectations are clear and fair

·         Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong

·         Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made

·         Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals

·         Include visits from the police in the curriculum

·         Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws

·         Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts

Individual liberty

·         Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

·         Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights

·         Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence

·         Challenge stereotypes

·         Implement a strong anti-bullying culture

·         Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda

Respect and tolerance

·         Promote respect for individual differences

·         Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life

·         Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

·         Organise visits to places of worship

·         Develop links with faith communities

·         Develop critical personal thinking skills

·         Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers