Alverstoke Church of England Junior School
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The DfE have recently 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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.  At Alverstoke CE Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in a variety of ways.

Democracy

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Our SAPERE Gold Award for P4C recognised the importance we place on listening to children and valuing the opinions of all. We have a Young Governors group, members of which are elected by their class, which meet regularly to discuss issues raised by their peers. The Young Governors have their own budget and are able to genuinely effect change within the school. As part of Year 5’s curriculum unit on the Ancient Greeks, our local MP visits school to talk to the children about democracy within the Government.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour. Through curriculum units such as ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘Jesus The Law Breaker’ in Year 6 and P4C enquiries such as ‘The Three Robbers’ in Year 3, children 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.

Individual Liberty

Within school, children 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 them to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely and appropriately, for example through our E-Safety and P4C enquiries. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

As a Church of England school, mutual respect is embedded within our core Christian values of Love, Hope and Grace. Children 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 love and respect. Through P4C our children learn to express their views freely whilst respecting that the views of other may be different to their own.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Alverstoke CE Junior School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. P4C enquiries, using stimuli related issues such as to homelessness, refugees and child labour, are regularly planned to promote an understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience. This is reinforced through our RE and PDL curriculum through the inclusion of stimuli from a variety of faiths and cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

 

At Alverstoke CE Junior School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

 

 

Alverstoke Church Of England Junior School
The Avenue, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2JS.
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