What are British Values?
The government have produced advice for schools in the promotion of British values as part of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development (SMSC) – the document can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/380595/SMSC_Guidance_Maintained_Schools.pdf
The promotion of British Values is about ensuring that a school has a strong ethos that:
* has regard for people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance recognising that different people have different beliefs
* combats discrimination in all its forms
* develops and understanding of the rule of law and explores the concept of right and wrong
* encourages children to behave responsibly and accept responsibility for their behaviours
* encourages understanding and respect of public institutions in England
* respects democracy
How do we promote them?
At TNS we prefer to call them human values as we don’t believe they are exclusive to Britain. Here are just some of the things we do at TNS to promote British values:
* ensure that British values are reflected in our policies
* challenge inappropriate behaviours
* encourage children to be independent, make decisions and communicate their thoughts
* encourage children to look after and listen to each other
* plan for children to learn about different cultures and traditions
* provide resources to encourage understanding of different cultures and traditions
* plan for children to follow routines and rules and to question rules and help to formulate them
* encourage children to judge risk and take risks
Promotion of British values permeates our curriculum and overall policy.
If you would like to know more please speak to Helen Adams (Headteacher) or Susan Thrower (Deputy Headteacher).