British Values at The Green
The Green Flying High Academy is committed to serving the community of South Normanton and its surrounding areas. We recognise the ever-changing nature of our multi-cultural and multi-faith United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. We understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within our school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalization by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
These values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, an enquiry led curriculum, a positive behaviour policy, our Learning for Life lessons and assemblies, allowing pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to contribute to life in modern Britain.
Schools are required to ensure that key British values are taught in all UK schools. The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 5 steps defined in the ‘prevent strategy’ – values of:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently revisited and reminded at The Green.
Pupils are taught from an early age about our school charter
1. Take care of ourselves
2. Take care of each other
3. Take care of our school
4. Always do our best
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws. They learn that they protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help to ensure that this message is relevant within our curriculum too.
Pupils’ pride in the school is shown by their excellent conduct, manners and punctuality. This is evidenced by lesson and general observations in and out of school as well as discussions with pupils and feedback from feeder schools and places we visit. Through working closely with our parents and governors, and by all staff having consistently high expectations of behaviour and learning, we have embedded our school values and created a culture of belonging and pride in being part of TEAM GREEN!
Our pupils can all articulate what it means to be a part of Team Green and what our whole school values are.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
As a school we educate our children on how to make safe choices and we develop our super problem solving skills and critical thinking.
We encourage our pupils to achieve their very best and to have high aspirations for their future. Our children have a well-developed understanding of right and wrong through the use of positive role models in school and they understand right and wrong choices. We aim to develop responsible and caring members of society who will be able to reflect on their experiences in school and use them to help make informed choices.
Our children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Learning for Life lessons.
We aim to have a strong Anti-Bullying culture at The Green and promote kindness through our school values.
Any issues are dealt with swiftly and a restorative justice approach is used.
Our children are encouraged to have a voice and make choices throughout their school life; whether this is through the KWL approach to our curriculum, the choice of learning challenge during lessons, or the participation in our varied extra-curricular clubs; pupils are given the freedom to make choices and experience the consequences of them.
Through our assemblies, Learning for Life lessons and circle times, children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect as exemplified in our school charter ’we look after ourselves and we look after each other'.
Our SEND and Equality policies, and their implementation, reinforce our commitment to valuing individuality and inclusion of all.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We actively promote diversity through our learning about different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons all reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
Our school is located in a predominantly white British community and we are therefore very aware of the need to promote tolerance and understanding of different cultures. If we are to prepare our children to become tolerant and respectful members of the culturally diverse Britain of today we must equip them with a broad knowledge and an acceptance of difference. Our religious education lessons focus on ensuring our children's personal development is broadened and our children become aware of the wider world around them.
Being part of Britain
We value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, we celebrate traditions throughout the year; for example, Harvest festival, the Christmas nativity and Easter and we also celebrate national events such as the King's Coronation and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Geographically, our children learn about their local environment and compare it with different places all around Great Britain, celebrating the diversity of people, customs and the landscape.
Historically, our children learn about history within Britain. ]
- Foundation learning about the family around our children, our local community and the features of South Normanton and the wider county of Derbyshire.
- Year 1 learn about the United Kingdom, the countries that form part of our kingdom, features of each of those countries and traditions and specialties from around Great Britain.
- Year 2 learn about George Stephenson and the local history of transport, trains, the Industrial Revolution and how Britain was built.
A core element of our curriculum is ensuring that our children are aware of events happening in our country and around the world. We like to keep our children up to date with information on Newsround and Picture News in our weekly assemblies.