At Rufforth Primary School we are committed to preparing our children for their bright future ahead of them and we believe this involves preparing children to thrive in a society where the only constant is change.
In 2011 the Department for Education placed a statutory duty on schools to promote Modern British Values more actively and to ensure they are taught as part of our curriculum. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
As part of the curriculum at Rufforth Primary School, children learn about democracy, their civic responsibility, rules and laws of the land, the monarchy, equality, values, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths. Through our rich and exciting curriculum we are able to make real links between the values that our pupils hold and the lives of others in our community, country and around the world.
Democracy is embedded across the school. Pupils are always listened to and valued by adults and, through PSHE, weekly assemblies and regular “Pupil Voice” sessions to discuss elements of their school life. They are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.
Pupils have the opportunity to discuss their opinions and ideas through our School Council, which meets regularly with their link teacher to discuss issues raised between meetings. The annual election of the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. Once our School Council have been elected, they wear their badges with pride and their pictures are displayed on our School Council display to show all children who they can go to if they have points they would like to raise in our School Council meetings.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws such as those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced through the curriculum and when dealing with behaviour in school. Our school has its own set of rules, which are deeply embedded in our work every day and link to our whole school behaviour system used by all members of staff. They are displayed in each classroom as a point of reference and revisited annually through whole school assemblies. Each class discusses the school rules at the start of the academic year so that they are clearly understood by all. The children understand that the rules are necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves as a British Citizen and the consequences that are faced when laws are broken.
Throughout their time at Rufforth Primary School, children have the opportunity to interact in a positive way with the local police and emergency services in a variety of ways including visits, assemblies and activities. Further to this, our Year 6 pupils participate in a Crucial Crew workshop, organised by the Police, on an annual basis.
Whether it be through choice of EYFS provision areas, learning challenges in the classroom, child-led research topics, homework activities, lunch time activities or participation in our extra-curricular clubs, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
At Rufforth Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make their own choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide rules, expectations and boundaries for our pupils to make choices, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.
Rufforth Primary School promotes “excellence in a family atmosphere” and ensures each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. The need for mutual respect is embedded throughout the school. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Pupils and adults pride themselves on their strong relationships and respect and help each other in and around the school.
We strive to enhance our pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies, discussions and whole school trips to support our children’s learning of diversity are embedded in the school year and further supported by learning in our RE and PSHE curriculum. Within school, members of different faiths or religions are also encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within class and the school. This includes parents or members of the local community coming in for discussions or workshops, as well as pupils sharing experiences they have had at home during our weekly celebration assemblies.
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Rufforth Primary School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work; topic studies, school visits to places of worship and welcoming visitors from other cultures to educate the children about their culture and celebrate their traditions. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.