Langold Dyscarr Community School promotes British Values through our relationships with the children, our relationships with each other, our RE curriculum, our PSHEE curriculum and assemblies. The exploration of the values may also come through the choice of resources within other subject areas and interaction with current affairs through discussion.Through these, we seek to teach and role model what it means to be a successful and fulfilled member of our richly diverse society.
The five key British Values are
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those with different Beliefs and Faiths
The examples below are some of the ways in which Langold Dyscarr Community School seeks to instill British Values.
We have a school council, where children are elected by our children to represent their views. Council members meet regularly and also discuss current issues. All children at Langold Dyscarr are involved in setting school and class rules. Every week we have a Votes for School asssembly where all our children get chance to vote on real life current issues. They also take part in ad hoc debates and voting opportunities based on a wide range of issues. Pupil Voice takes an important role in school life, with surveys and questionnaires being a regular feature of communication.
The Rule of Law
At Langold Dyscarr we are very proud of how our children behave through our Take Care Values. Our children have a good understanding of rules, expectations of good behaviour and the consequences that meet poor choices. Visitors into school, such as PCSOs and other law enforcement officers establish an understanding of the law beyond the school rules.
Our children are given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. For example, through extra-curricular activities and supporting fundraising through enrichment activities. Also, our children are expected to develop independence of thought both as learners and communicators. We encourage them to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our assemblies, or PSHEE lessons and e-Safety teaching. At times, children select work appropriate to their needs and are often involved in self-evaluation of theirs and other’s work. The school is very well respected within the community for its work on anti-bullying, resilience, wellbeing and calm classrooms.
All schools within SHINE work within a RESPECT framework made up of four key elements- Rules and Responsibilities, Relationships and Respect. Rules sit firmly at the base of our Respect Triangle as we believe that clear rules, understood by all and applied consistently and fairly, create a calm and orderly working and learning environment. We are committed to high expectations of Respect through our Take Care Values. Children are encouraged to respect each other, to be kind, polite and courteous and to understand the notion of equality. Mutual respect is also promoted through assembly themes and weaved throughout the school day as a result. Children are encouraged to develop a healthy appetite for finding out more about other people. This is done through our curriculum and Bee Value Days. We also have Respect Ambassadors who represent each class and work to maintain and improve our school through regular meetings and implementation of initiatives .
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Langold Dyscarr we are proud to be different and celebrate our differences. We prefer not to use the word ‘tolerance’. Respect comes from an increased understanding of knowledge, alongside a recognition that others around us share much in common, albeit there are some significant differences also. Our RE and PSHEE curriculum and Bee Value Days offer a wide range of opportunities for our children to learn about different beliefs and faiths, and regular trips to places of worship encourage the children’s development of understanding. Visitors into school also create opportunities for children to experience other faiths, cultures and traditions in a bid to grow a deeper understanding of our neighbours. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate respect, encourage positive relationships to enable our children to become knowledgeable and gain an understanding of citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.