British Values

Robert Le Kyng Primary School British Values

At Robert Le Kyng Primary School, we actively promote British Values, as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014, through our school ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching. This indicates that schools should:

‘promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’.

The government define these values as:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths

At Robert Le Kyng we are proud of our ethos and feel our school reflects the values of Modern Britain. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Relevant curricular links are made to Britain and its place in history. We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Ways in which we have promoted these values include the following:

  • We have a school council where elected members represent and share the views of the children across the school. Historically, the school council have been involved in many activities including senior leadership staff appointments, surveying classes on issues such as safety on the play equipment and developing an anti-bullying policy.
  • Our assembly planning promotes our school core respect values. These values are a focus for each term and support the work in our PSHE curriculum.
  • Our Jigsaw PSHE scheme allows planned opportunities to develop topics such as being me in my world, celebrating differences, dreams and goals, healthy me, relationships and changing me. These units enable children to develop a greater understanding of themselves, those around them and across Britain. Themes covered include what represents modern Britain and how we are both similar and different.
  • Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce the importance of laws and rules. In the broad and balanced curriculum that we deliver there is opportunity to discuss these.
  • Pupils are actively encouraged and supported to make informed choices, to know and exercise their rights and personal freedom. The importance of safety is addressed for example through our e-safety policy.
  • Our approach towards behaviour encourages tolerance and mutual respect
  • Historically we have celebrated the Olympics, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Golden Jubilee, St. George’s Day, Armistice Day and the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Please see our British Values table