Mutual Respect and Tolerance of other faiths and beliefs
Our area context
At Woods Foundation Primary School, we promote different beliefs and cultures through mutual respect. Our school community works hard to ensure all children understand respect through teaching, assemblies and our school rules. Respect is a key part of our school and we promote this in our day-to-day practice and assembly themes. All children should treat each other with mutual respect. We discuss the awareness of other cultures through RE and PSHE linking to our British Values and Equality Policy.
Democracy is a main focal point here at School. We promote this within our school in a variety of ways. However, our main way is through our school council which we operate council meetings on a regular basis.
At the beginning of each term, as a school we discuss Parliament and organise an election process where the children prepare a speech and vote. Class councillors are elected and attend meetings.
The school council are responsible for organising events including: Comic Relief, Children in Need, NSPCC events, Harvest Festival Food Bank Charity, McMillian Charity Day, and The Dog Trust.
We offer pupil voice questionnaires for pupils to give their opinions about their learning. Once the questionnaires have been completed, we analyse them and teachers then discuss with the individual or class their concerns.
Rule of Law
Rule of law is an important aspect within our school community. Within our daily practice, we promote positive behaviour and link this to our assembly themes. All children are clear of our behaviour systems and staff start the year with introducing any new whole school approaches. We promote the rule of law further through the RE curriculum, visits from the local fire station/Local community police team and throughout daily teaching where rules are a major role in fundamental functioning. Our school regularly invite local visitors to discuss respect and appreciation of different rules.
Our year 5 children access the national Life Skills Education run D.A.R.E UK programme – https://lifeskills-education.co.uk/shop/dare-primary/
Our school promotes all children to have a freedom to express their views. Within the class, teachers give children the time to offer their opinions in a safe and secure environment. Children are given regular opportunities through PSHE and RE to discuss their feelings and emotions towards current affairs. We actively participate in viewing CBBC’s Newsround which encourages children to understand the wider society and modern day Britain.
Extremism / Prevent
Extremism is not part of any British or European value. There is focus from the Counter Terrorism and Security Act regarding threats from so-called Islamic State and the Prevent Duty states all kinds of extremism should be addressed. All of our staff have received the Prevent Duty training and are aware of how to report any such issues or threats. Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. Please read the government’s Prevent duty guidance and its guidance for schools.
You can see examples of the above through our Events Gallery page: