British Values Statement
In Bolton Parish School we demonstrate clearly that we place great importance on the value of democracy. Each year the children select their own Pupil Council through a democratic voting process. The Pupil Council then represents the voice of the children and is involved in consultation over key areas of school such as deciding activities for the playground and wet play times. Councillor Walsh presented the Pupil Council with their badges in a special assembly and spoke to the children about his experiences of democratic elections on the council. During the year the school has encouraged parents, staff, governors and pupils to be involved in the decision making processes of the school which was shown clearly when the school consulted all stakeholders about the change in times to the school day. Other examples of whole school consultation include the selection of the school’s Christian values. Children have the opportunity to learn about democracy through the curriculum especially through IPC units (such as The Great, the Bold and the Brave) and the international aspects of the curriculum.
At Bolton Parish Church School we have a very clear behavior policy which is well understood and followed by all staff and pupils. All classes have their own code of conduct, which pupils contribute to, and children are encouraged to reflect on why rules exist and how rules promote fairness. Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 have met representatives from the police who have discussed the reasoning and purpose behind rules. Children in Key Stage 2 have met representatives from the Fire Brigade and Police Service and they have also looked at the history of the rule of law in Britain and held a special assembly to mark the anniversary of the Magna Cartans on the council. During the year the school has encouraged parents, staff, governors, and pupils to be involved in the decision making processes of the school which was shown clearly when the school consulted all stakeholders about the change in times to the school day. Other examples of whole school consultation include the selection of the school’s Christian values. Children have the opportunity to learn about democracy through the curriculum especially through IPC units (such as The Great, the Bold and the Brave) and the international aspects of the curriculum.
Within our school all staff model respectful behavior towards each other, parents and pupils. Staff model respectful treatment of the school environment and everyone is expected to show care for our surroundings. Pupils’ achievements are taken seriously and are celebrated through our Proud assembly and merit assemblies. Good behavior is rewarded through end of term celebrations for our “green” winners. Displays celebrate pupil achievements and excellence in learning is encouraged. The children state that they feel safe in school and that they are proud of their school environment. Children are encouraged to show respect towards each other and all adults and respectful behavior is rewarded through merits and proud cards.
Through all phases of the school, children are given opportunities to make choices and they are encouraged to respect the choices of others. This is emphasised through the work we do on the Christian value of respect. Through our behaviour policy children are encouraged to reflect on their behavior and understand that they are responsible for the choices that they make. The RE curriculum promotes an understanding of the diverse nature of British culture and people’s rights and responsibilities within that society.
Younger pupils learn about the notion of tolerance in terms of interpersonal behaviour in the classroom. They discuss the notion of things being fair and what they should do if they think things are not fair. They also learn how to co-operate as a group and they think about sharing and kindness. All children learn about tolerance through our teaching of our Christian values which include respect, peace, thankfulness, love, forgiveness, friendship and responsibility. During our values week we studied British artists, writers and poets who reflected different faiths, cultures, genders and lifestyles within British society. Our RE curriculum teaches children about six different world faiths and the children are encouraged to explore their understanding of each one. Assemblies also promote tolerance of different faiths and Christmas, Easter, Eid and Diwali are all celebrated. The IPC curriculum also promotes tolerance through studying where tolerance and a lack of tolerance have all had an impact in history. The international aspect of the curriculum encourages children to think about how they can all engage with situations that are occurring now in the wider world.