Fundamental British Values

At Thameside, in line with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British Values at school to ensure the children leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. We aim to make the British Values relevant to daily life of children, so we try to make links between the British Values, our school rules and aspects of our ‘Learning to Learn’ programme which includes ‘The 5Rs’ (Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reflection).

Democracy

– Children are taught what democracy is and that every individual has the right to have their opinions listened to respectfully. Through Philosophy for Children and PSHE sessions children they are taught to discuss issues in a measured, open-minded and calm way.

– Each year the children from Year 1 – Year 6 elect two members of the class to represent them on the School Council.

– Democracy is referred to regularly in class activities such as voting for questions in Philosophy for Children sessions or when deciding on a class reward.

The Rule of Law

– At Thameside children are the taught the value of rules and the reason behind the laws and rules that are designed to govern and protect us.

– The behaviour procedures at Thameside enable all members of the school community (pupils, staff, governors, parents and visitors) to work together to create a supportive and successful school.

– Each year the children review the school rules. These are regularly referred to and reinforced throughout the school day in classrooms, assemblies and outside at breaktimes.

– Regular visits from our local PCSOs as well as other visitors such as the fire service help children understand the Rule of Law in a wider context.

Individual Liberty

– At Thameside children are the encouraged to make good choices supported in a safe and supportive environment.

– Children are taught the importance of responsibility; they are expected to take responsibility for their actions and to understand the consequences their actions may have on themselves or on other people.

– The understanding of an individual’s rights and responsibilities are promoted in Philosophy for Children sessions, PSHE sessions, e-safety session and in assemblies.

– Pupils are given a range of responsibilities in school e.g. house captains, peer mentors, school councillors and class helpers.

Mutual Respect

– Respect is a core value at Thameside. It is one of our school rules, one of the ‘5Rs’ as well as being a fundamental British Value.

– Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.

– All members of the school community (pupils, staff, governors, parents and visitors) are expected to treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

– Children are taught to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.

– Through RE, assemblies, Philosophy for Children, and PHSE children learn about a range of faiths, religions and cultures. The school follows the Oxfordshire RE syllabus.

– Other cultures are celebrated through topics, books, special events and our involvement in the Global Learning