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Promoting British Values

The DfE set out its definition of British values in ‘Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools. November 2014 

At Romanby School these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:


Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through class discussions and the Rights Respecting Ambassadors. The Rights Respecting Ambassadors meet every week and can bring issues raised during class time for discussion. The Council have considered school wide issues from behaviour and the Anti-Bullying Policy to arranging Comic Relief events. Responses are fed back to teachers who ensure appropriate adjustments are made where agreed and reasoning for non-action is explained. Election of the Rights Respecting Ambassadors is rigorous and includes voting by all pupils.  Democracy is evident in all classes, including EYFS where the children vote for their choice of story.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws or rules whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws or rules are broken – as identified in the yellow and red card system of reinforcing positive behaviour. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.  We have now been awarded the silver Rights Respecting Schools Award.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make good choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, or of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect:

An important aspect of our school ethos and behaviour for learning has revolved around demonstrating respect for the rights of others as well as appreciating alternative opinions, backgrounds and cultures. The school ethos, work on Secrets of Success and relevant policies in practice all endorse this principle.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a modern British culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and other acts of collective worship are delivered and discussions about prejudice and prejudice-based bullying are encouraged across the curriculum wherever the opportunity presents itself but are especially supported by learning in RE and PSHE.  Curriculum work and educational visits also help to support children in developing their understanding of this area e.g. London residential visit including Houses of Parliament Workshop, Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects, BIG RE Day.

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