British Values

Our school reflects British values in all that we do.

We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.

We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world.

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of school life.

We are very proud to be a Silver Rights Respecting School.  The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we began the award in September 2022 and are already a Silver rights Respecting School. We are now working towards our Gold Award. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

Our school is diverse and culturally rich, we embrace this diversity. At South Street 43% of our pupils speak English as an additional language. We have 28 different home languages represented in school.

What are British Values?

Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values.  So what are ‘British’ values?  There are certain values that have been attributed to being British, by the government and some institutions, and they fall into the following broad areas: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Tolerance & Respect.

How do we specifically promote ‘British Values’ at South Street?

We seek to promote British values in our policies and practice here at South Street.  Our activities and the way we manage learning and behaviour clearly reflect British values.  We promote these values in the following ways:

Democracy
  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services – by discussing these whenever appropriate in curriculum work.
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process – for example in our School Council work and Rights Respecting campaigns.
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain – for example when considering periods of history where democracy was not as fully developed as it is now.
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.
  • Organise visits to the local council and Parliament – classes have been to the Gateshead Civic Centre and have attended gatherings of School Councils across Gateshead.
  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view – when electing representatives to the School Council for each class.
  • Help pupils to express their views – through opportunities to present work and opinions throughout the entire curriculum.
  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged – through our interactions with pupils and the school’s behaviour system and discussing scenarios in assemblies and class PHSE work.
The Rule of Law
  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair by discussing these with pupils and establishing classroom rules with the pupils themselves.
  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong during everyday interactions and discussions.
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made by showing how rules help everyone to interact in an orderly and fair manner and protect the vulnerable in society.
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
  • Include visits from the police in the curriculum. We have regular sessions with the Community Police Officers.
  • Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.
  • Model conflict resolution from Nursery to Year 6.
Individual Liberty
  • Follow the UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda.
  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through all areas of teaching and learning in school.
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights through all of their interaction with adults and each other in school.
  • Challenge stereotypes through.
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
Tolerance & Respect
  • Promote respect for individual differences in all areas of learning and interaction.
    Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life through our Religious Education work and PHSE.
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour through discussion and use of illustrative materials as well as our approach to behaviour in school.
  • Organise visits to places of worship to develop understanding.
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills throughout our curricular work.
  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations through our PHSE and broader curricular work and through visitors to school sharing their experiences.
  • We celebrate a range of religious festivals in school.

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