British Values

As a school it is our responsibility to guide our children to understand their roles and responsibilities as young citizens. The ethos of our school is such that we continually emphasise the importance of developing the whole child to enable them to make a positive contribution both in and out of school. The values that we promote are:

British Values

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

Democracy

Links to school values:

  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Understanding

How we promote it

  • We have an elected School Council. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes things like the Eco-Council, sports leaders, ICT support, lunch helpers, and also raising money for local and national charities.
  • Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies.
The rule of law

The rule of law

Links to school values:

  • Respect
  • Co-operation
  • Courage

How we promote it

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as ‘The Golden Book’ ‘Effort Points’ and ‘Do Jo House Points’.
  • Through our school assemblies, circle time and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The local police officer / PCSO visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.
Individual Liberty

Links to school values:

  • Respect
  • Courage

How we promote it

  • Through our school values children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line. This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and through the PSHE curriculum.
Mutual Respect

Links to school values:

  • Respect
  • Friendship
  • Co-operation

How we promote it

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
  • Through our school’s values, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through additional PSHE lessons and assemblies. A range of specific assemblies were delivered focusing on helping other pupils to understand specific special needs.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Links to school values:

  • Respect
  • Tolerance/Understanding

How we promote it

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Policy.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.

In September, we ran an art project where each year group were given their own British value to research. Each year group chose an artist that best represented that value and produced a piece of art work.  The results were amazing.  You can see the finished projects on the corridors throughout the school. During our community assembly pupils from years 3-6, volunteered to publically speak about the project that they had been involved in. They all did incredibly well in front of pupils, teachers, parents and governors. The children who presented their ideas, were awarded a certificate by a school governor for their tremendous efforts.

On the 26th November 2015, school council pupils from our cluster schools, met to share all of the fantastic things each school had done to promote British values. At Old Park we created a display board to show examples of our work.

The MP for West Bromwich, Adrian Bailey came to open our Wednesbury School Council. Our school representative Gia, explained to him what our school had done to promote British values and showed him the display board containing a selection of our schools work.

Below is an account of Gia’s experience.

"On Thursday 26th November, I went to WS10 where myself and various other schools started a Wednesbury School Council. Two school councillors from each school were chosen to go. However I was the only one available from Old Park due to an unfortunate clash between two trips. When we got there, Miss Jarass and I set up an Old Park display board with our school’s events and activities. My favourite part was when I met an MP called Adrian Bailey. I showed him our school council board. I was really nervous yet I managed to get through it."

— Written by Gia - 5H

In recent years, we worked with all of Old Park’s stakeholders to develop our mission statement.  All stakeholders were involved in workshops to discuss the ideal characteristics that a child would leave school with.  We then used these characteristics to formulate our mission statement which also reflects British Values:

Be the best we can be.
Everybody matters.
Respect each other.
Make the right choices.
Have courage.
Be proud to be ourselves.
Love to learn.
Care for our world.
Bring our ideas to life.
Listen, talk, share.

We feel that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children at Old Park is core to supporting our children to live by our aim; dream, believe, inspire and achieve.