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British Values

British Values - Penwortham Primary School            

As directed under Ofsted guidance, September 2014, we at Penwortham Primary School take opportunities to actively promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:

  • Democracy

  • The rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief

Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values. At Penwortham, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This creates a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfillment of potential. Pupil voice plays an integral part in driving the school forward and school rules at different levels are seen as the foundation upon which this can be achieved.

The following are a selection of activities and external accreditations that are evidence of our commitment to British values.

  • Year 6 take part in the Young Leaders project

  • Key Stage Two take part in the Team London Young Ambassadors programme

  • We have an elected school council

  • A broad and balanced curriculum that teaches elements of democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths

  • In Year 6, pupils undertake an intense topic about World War One and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute's silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.

  • In Year 5 we focus on the Ancient Greeks and how they introduced ‘Democracy’ to the world and how that impacts on our lives today.  As part of our school we have School Council members who also campaign, present speeches and the children vote for their nominated school councillors.

  • Year 5 take part in a MUNGA (Mock United Nations General Assembly) debating competition, which we have won for the last few years!  
  • In Year 2, pupils study significant people in British History with a strong focus on British Kings and Queens and the impact that they have made on life today.

  • Visits to different places of worship

  • Visitors from other faiths

  • As a whole school, we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports kits and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country.

  • Positive behaviour policy which encourages tolerance and mutual respect

  • On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days.