At Parklands Junior School we are clear that we have a responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and celebrated throughout the school. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated annually and shared with all school staff. At Parklands Junior School, these values are reinforced regularly and in a number of ways.
A number of curriculum areas enable us to further the understanding of these concepts including SMSC, RE and PSHE. These subjects provide opportunities to deepen and develop pupils’ understanding and embrace these concepts with enthusiasm. They are then able to demonstrate a good understanding of how these values can be applied to their own lives.
Parklands Junior School ensures that our pupils have the opportunity to experiences range of opportunities both within and beyond their own local community. This includes participation in
- Community sporting events
- Visits to places of worship
- Visits from and to the Good Shepherd local church
- Young Citizens events
- Visit to Mayoral chambers and meeting with the mayor
- Visit to House of Commons and meeting with MP Andrew Rosindell
We celebrate weekly with worshipful singing and religious assembly. We also celebrate our diversity, similarities and differences by embracing different cultures and celebrating what it means to be British.
Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with difference Faiths and Beliefs.
Respect is a key school value and is one of our Golden Rules, around which pivots much of the work of the school. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE and SMSC curriculum.
The children at Parklands Junior School see democracy demonstrated in a variety of ways. We view this as an essential part of successful team working. Democracy is a whole school value. Our Ambassadors are required to demonstrate the importance of this during their interviews and when they meet to clarify that respect for others and fairness is a key aspect of their role.
Rule of Law
Pupils at Parklands Junior School are familiar with this concept as we have strong values that infuse the work of our school. They are also familiar with the concept through discussions in assemblies and in class and by understanding, that different religions have different celebrations.
Respect for Self and others
We facilitate open discussion on about self-respect and self-worth in relation to the every individual’s value so that our pupils see that they are all important in their own right. Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves.
Respect is a core school value and includes self-respect, respect for family, friends, and other groups, our community, the UK, the wider world and its people and the environment. Pupils are also taught the importance of respect for the fallen through work on Remembrance Day including observing two minutes silence.
Pupils at Parklands Junior School 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 given the freedom to make choices, including choice of challenge, how to record their work or by choosing to participate in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.