The government has set out that:
‘Schools should 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.’
At Richard Durning's Endowed Primary School, we are committed to promoting the following British Values;
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Richard Durning's Primary School we provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of cultural influences that have shaped Modern Britain. Pupils will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. In particular, our promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding are embedded and interwoven within our skills based curriculum which gives children real and meaningful opportunities to explore these values. At Richard Durning's Primary School, our children, staff and families are a small representation of the wider world. We believe it is important to ensure our children understand that the world we live in, is diverse. We would like to ensure our children receive a curriculum that enhances diversity and provides first-hand experiences. We want our children to recognise and value the things we have in common across a range of different cultural, religious, ethnic, social-economic communities. Thus hopefully preparing them to be well rounded individuals and citizens in modern day Britain.
Being Part of Britain
As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Richard Durning's. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate special events in British society and the wider world as well as festivals from different faiths, for example, Remembrance, Harvest and Christmas during the Autumn term. Children learn about being part of Britain from different perspectives within our curriculum. Two specific examples of when we teach about being part of Britain are:
Geographically: Our whole school Curriculum Driver: Location, Location, Location ensures that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about:
- its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains
- how ‘Great Britain’ differs from ‘England’ and ‘the United Kingdom’
- where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world
Historically: Our history curriculum ensures children learn about key moments in British history for example in topics such as The Great Fire of London and significant historical figures.
Click on the document below to see how we promote British Values at Richard Durning's Endowed Primary School