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.”
Throughout our school curriculum we promote British values including the equality between genders and tolerance of other faiths. We aim to encourage children to understand the importance of democracy through elections of ‘parliament members’ within our school. We teach the concept of law by enforcing school rules and discussing acceptable and unacceptable behavior within the wider society, including during Celebration Assemblies. Additionally, we look at ‘individual liberty’ through the teaching of PSHCE, RE, and E-safety plus offer our children the opportunity to make choices which emphasises the individual liberty component of British values. We are consistently encouraging and promoting mutual respect and tolerance of others - regardless of their background. As part of Collective Worship it is planned and delivered in order to cover eleven core values, which is supported by the Church of England ‘Values for Life’ scheme. These are also promoted through day to day teaching which is further embedded by the climate and ethos created in school. Overall we pride ourselves on ensuring that these aspects are included in the entirety of school life at Bolsover.