SMSC & British Values
In June, 2014 Michael Gove set out plans for all school children to be taught ‘British values’. The then Education Secretary announced that from September 2014, England’s 20,000 primary and secondary schools would be required to actively promote tolerance, fairness, respect for other faiths, and the rule of law and democracy.
At Eyrescroft Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate this. To date as a whole school we have celebrated Diwali, Harvest and marked Remembrance Day on the 11th November. The school donated all the food collected during Harvest to the Peterborough Food Bank and the pupils collected a fantastic sum of money for BBC Children in Need.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through Pupil questionnaires. As a group, each class has the responsibility for setting class behaviour rules and as part of anti-bullying week all pupils agreed and signed, a whole school anti–bullying pledge. School Council meetings are represented by pupils and meetings are held on regular monthly basis.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school when dealing with behaviour. Pupils 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. Authorities such as the Police; Fire Service are invited in school to help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through class assemblies and PSHE lessons.