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Promoting British Values

The DFE has recently reinforced the need to promote British values in our schools. The fundamental British Values defined by the DFE are:

 

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

 

At Seaburn Dene, we believe that it is important that these British values permeate everyday life in Seaburn Dene from electing school councillors to the curriculum. We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and keep them safe.  Significant events we have commemorated during recent years include:

 

  • The annual Armistice Day silence of remembrance
  • The Queen's Jubilee
  • The Royal Wedding and birth of Prince George
  • Elections, including the vote for Scottish independence
  • Shakespeare Week

 

In history we look at key figures and events that have created our country from Stone Age to present day. In geography we become more familiar with our city, region and country and think about our place in the world and the responsibilities we have as a nation.

 

1. Democracy

Pupil voice plays a big part in the life of Seaburn Dene. Our pupil elected School Council play a strong role in the school, having recently developed and written an Anti Bullying Policy supported by a professional from the NSPCC. Pupil questionnaires and interviews also take place on a variety of subjects throughout the year and opinions contribute to the development of the curriculum and the way in which we teach it. Our school Behaviour and Discipline Policy involves both rewards and sanctions which the pupils understand.

 

2. The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether in the form of rules that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced as being set for the good of the majority. We teach children that rules are there to keep us safe and, if broken, there are consequences as specified in the school Behaviour and Discipline Policy. School rules are promoted each day through everyday situations and wider laws are promoted in assemblies. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire brigade, lifeguards etc help to reinforce our message and the school works well in partnership with all these authorities.

 

3. Individual Liberty

At Seaburn Dene we work hard to support children in being confident to make their own choices within a safe environment. Within lessons children often have a choice of approaches and materials to enhance their learning. They are able to chose from the many clubs we offer according to their own interests. Through our e-safety teaching, assemblies and PHSE lessons, pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

 

4. Mutual Respect

 

Our school ethos and Behaviour Policy promotes the value of mutual respect, whatever beliefs, abilities or ethnic background of other people. This is reiterated throughout the day in terms of the way we speak to each other politely and never laugh at the endeavour of others, however successful. To break down barriers we invite special guests into the school e.g an Invictus athlete. In assemblies we often look at difficult themes such as racial injustice in history, attitudes towards women in history and cultures and how what we say can have a serious impact on the feelings of others.

 

5. Tolerance of others of Different Faiths and Beliefs

 

As a school we believe that tolerance is borne out of knowledge so our curriculum is vital to developing tolerance. Learning in Religious Education is heavily weighted towards learning about the main religions in Britain and, whenever possible we visit places of worship.

 

ASSEMBLY THEMES SPRING 2016

 

Week Ending

Theme

8.1.16

The importance of perseverance to achieve goals

15.1.16

Making changes

22.1.16

Celebrating Britain

29.1.16

Australia (Australia Day 26th)

5.2.16

The World of Charles Dickens

12.2.16

Love

26.2.16

Hindu stories and festivals (Holi)

4.3.16

Caring for our Wildlife

11.3.16

Every picture tells a story

18.3.16

Shakespeare and His World

23.3.16

Easter

ASSEMBLY THEMES AUTUMN 2015

 

WEEK ENDING

 

11.9.15

Loyal Service-Queen becomes the longest serving British monarch

18.9.15

Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur-being Jewish

25.9.15

Autumn Days and stories

2.10.15

Harvest (Succot)

9.10.15

Poetry

16.10.15

Explorers and Adventures (Columbus Day)

23.10.15

The Seaburn Way

6.11.15

Fire!

13.11.15

Remembrance

20.11.15

OT stories

27.11.15

Giving Thanks

4.12.15

Advent and preparing for Christmas

11.12.15

Light

18.12.15

Christmas

 


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