At Kings Forest School we ensure that we teach fundamental British values as described by the Government as: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance.
School councillors are elected by their peers through a democratic process. Teachers ask the children to put themselves forward as candidates before conducting a class ballot. The school council meets regularly with a member of the Governing Body to discuss their ideas and upcoming projects.
The school council ran a school election on Thursday 7th May and the pupils learnt about the General Election and how the country is governed. Pupils learnt about the process of voting including registering to vote and receiving a polling card. The school council ran their campaigns and debated during assemblies.
The school council and other child led groups eg tech team or cross sections of children from the school meet with senior leaders to comment on matters and suggest improvements across the school. Most recently a group of children met to help design a new area within our playground as part of our OPAL play award.
Rules of law:
Class and PSHE discussions:
Each year the class begins Term 1 by discussing classroom and school rules and the reasons why these are important. The E-safety rules are also reinforced and a parents evening early in the year helps parents to understand the classroom and school expectations.
PSHE lessons explore the rule of law and how these help to promote equality for all. Assemblies are used to reinforce school rules and values and to celebrate excellent behaviour and learning.
The whole school behaviour expectations are constantly discussed and are displayed in every classroom. They are communicated to parents via a behaviour for learning leaflet. Positive reward systems encourage good behaviour and we celebrate our ‘Pride of Kings Forest Children’ every week during our Pride assemblies.
The children celebrate Black History month and activities are led by our Anti-Racist parent ambassadors. The children learn about the importance of freedom and equality for all.
Independence and free choice:
We offer children the freedom and the responsibility to make their own decisions within their own learning and whilst at play. Our play rangers help children to make the correct choices and act as representatives across the school.
Tech Team train in the safe use of ICT and take responsibility for the ICT equipment; its care and upkeep. They support their peers and staff.
School council act as role models and take a lead in fundraising for named charities. They manage money raised and self organise. Most recently they held a cake sale which raised money for cancer research.
The study of significant historical events allows pupils to learn about how British values were shaped and the impact of significant change over time.
A range of topics and discussions allow children to explore the value of ‘respect for all.’ Weekly phase assemblies reinforce this message.
School policies promote respect, fairness and responsibility for one’s own behaviour. All staff uphold these policies and are clear about whistling blowing and reporting procedures. All staff model respect for others in the way that they interact and behave towards all members of the school community.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Diversity is a key curriculum driver and acts as a golden thread throughout our school curriculum. Work with EMAS and SARI ensure best practice and provide training and guidance to staff. Language of the term celebrates the diversity of languages spoken within our school.
Anti – Racist Education:
The school works hard to ensure that pupils understand that racism is wrong and the consequences of this for the perpetrator and victim. Anti-Racist Parent Ambassadors attend assemblies and support in lessons. They also communicate with parents if they have any concerns or need help or support. We aim to inspire an understanding and respect for those who have different faiths and beliefs without prejudice.
Awareness of what it means to be British:
History: Pupils learn about British history and changes over time from the Stone Age through to the Tudors.
RE: World religions are explored as are faiths in the local community.
Geography: The National and school curriculum provides opportunities to study Britain and famous British landmarks.