Duty of Schools to Prevent Extremism/Terrorism
An integral part of this policy is to ensure that our children are protected from being drawn into terrorism or associated activities. We make certain of this through our robust safeguarding systems. Any children at risk of such activities will be identified and the correct support put into place. All our staff are aware of their responsibilities in the safeguarding of children and will ensure that this responsibility is thoroughly adhered to.
Promoting British Values at Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated last year (2014). At Whittle School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways and through our Kidsafe program to all classes:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules/charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of these rules/charter.
We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in school and a Project Council to work on school projects. The Councils have their own standing in school and are genuinely able to effect change. Every child on the School Councils are voted in by their class.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary School.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our golden rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and local Magistrates help reinforce this message.
At Whittle School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and rules. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Our behaviour code clearly states that everyone deserves to be respected and listened to.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Although Whittle-le-Woods CE Primary School is not a widely diverse school we actively promote diversity through our learning about different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Our commitment to the Sangyang Lower Basic School, a muslim school in Gambia, and links with Vanuatu illustrates our commitment to exploring diversity in school and beyond. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Every class visits a place of worship for another faith or has a visitor in to explain their faith and belief to children each year.