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British Values

At Oak Farm Junior School we intend to promote British values, at every level, through a range of enquiry-led activities across the whole curriculum and as a running theme in all aspects of school life.

 

Mutual respect is something that all staff model for pupils and we are proud of how well-mannered and courteous the children at Oak Farm generally are; many children achieve courtesy awards for their respectful and considerate behaviour. We place an ever-increasing focus on individual liberty and the importance of pupil voice; we have an effective school council in place who have made significant changes to the running of the school (including changes to the school dinner menus). Staff and children demonstrate tolerance and appreciation of other cultures and democracy is regularly practised in class and school voting activities. In line with Britain's rule of law, children observe the 'Oak Farm Golden Rules' and understand the need for reflection on the rare occasion that one isn't followed. 

 

We aim for our children to leave our school with:

  • An understanding of the potential influence they can have on decision-making through the democratic process.
  • An appreciation that living in a country with laws provides them with guidance and is essential for their well-being and safety.
  • An understanding that everyone (inclusive of the police and the army) can be held accountable through parliament and that the ‘judiciary system’ in Britain relies on accountability and justice.
  • An understanding that everyone in Britain is entitled to the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs; as protected by law.
  • An acceptance that we should tolerate and appreciate other people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself; that we should not partake in prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.
     

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, several of our usual practices have been placed 'on hold'. 
 

Please see the attached 'Promoting British Values' or the SMSC report for 2020, for details of how we are currently supporting and aiding our children in understanding and demonstrating these values. 

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