Promoting Fundamental British Values at Bronte School

Bronte School recognises the multi-cultural nature of the United Kingdom and understands the crucial role it plays in promoting the four British Values agreed by Government and Ofsted. Below are some of the ways in which these values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths are promoted.

BRITISH VALUE

Democracy – We can influence decision making through a democratic process.

UNCRC Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

HOW IT IS PROMOTED

Children’s right to learn and the responsibility to do the best we can and to let others learn through Assemblies and PSHE education.

School council (Pupil Parliament) uses an electoral process, raising awareness and funds for local and national causes.

Classroom rules are decided at the start of the academic year, relating to the 4 main Rights and Responsibilities.

Debating Society and class assemblies provide public speaking opportunities throughout the year.

All children can enjoy class trips and the broader curriculum.

BRITISH VALUE

Rule of law – Living under the rule of law protects us and is essential for our wellbeing and safety.

UNCRC Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.

HOW IT IS PROMOTED

Children’s right to be safe and the responsibility to behave in a safe way through Assemblies and PSHE education.

High staff: pupil ratio and worry boxes in all classrooms allow concerns to be shared.

Lunchtime supervisors record and reward positive behaviour

Award assemblies recognise broad achievements across the curriculum.

Staff adhere to our Child Protection Policy and Anti-Bullying strategy.

Visits from Police, Guide dog trainers

BRITISH VALUE

Individual liberty – Our freedom to make right choices is protected in law.

UNCRC Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.

UNCRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

HOW IT IS PROMOTED

Children’s right to be play and the responsibility to play fairly, include others and treat equipment with respect through Assemblies and PSHE education.

Year 6 Playleaders supervise the playgrounds.

Before and after school activities encourage children to pursue other interests.

Reflective approach to resolving behaviour issues with ‘4 Ws’ form.

Provision of a Learning Support manager allows for individual listening and guidance.

ICT and SRE teaching equip children to make safe choices online and to develop a positive self-image.

Children contribute ideas to their class assemblies and perform to their parents.

BRITISH VALUE

Mutual respect and tolerance of faiths – We show respect to people who hold different views and beliefs.

UNCRC Article 2: The convention applies to everyone regardless of race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

UNCRC Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

UNCRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

HOW IT IS PROMOTED

Children’s right to respect and the responsibility to listen, to speak politely and to be honest through Assemblies, RE and PSHE education.

Our Behaviour policy promotes positive outcomes.

Cultural and religious events are promoted in the school Assembly calendar.

Involvement in multi-cultural events in Gravesend Town Centre, eg: Chinese New Year, Carol singing.

Whole school celebrations are held in the neighbouring church.

Visits are made by local religious leaders and children visit places of worship

Staff who have contact with children complete the government’s anti-terrorism online ‘Prevent’ training.

Explanation of UNCRC Articles

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities. It consists of 54 articles that set out children’s rights and how governments should work together to make them available to all children. All countries that sign up to the UNCRC are bound by international law to ensure it is implemented. This is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Under the terms of the convention, governments are required to meet children’s basic needs and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights. These include the right to:

    • life, survival and development
  • protection from violence, abuse or neglect
  • an education that enables children to fulfil their potential
  • be raised by, or have a relationship with, their parents
  • express their opinions and be listened to.

In 2000, two optional protocols were added to the UNCRC. One asks governments to ensure children under the age of 18 are not forcibly recruited into their armed forces. The second calls on states to prohibit child prostitution, child pornography and the sale of children into slavery. These have now been ratified by more than 120 states. A third optional protocol was added in 2011. This enables children whose rights have been violated to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Austen Hardwick
PSHE coordinator