Promoting British Values at Raglan
We value and celebrate being part of Britain. We celebrate traditions, such as customs in the course of the year, for example Remembrance Day, the Nativity, visits to the Pantomime, the Kings Birthday.
At Raglan we believe that being a good citizen means:
- having respect for others and their property
- knowing your rights and respecting the rights of others
- being informed on the issues of the day
- learning the facts of our true history, both good and bad
- having compassion and empathy for others
- taking responsibility for your own actions
- being tolerant and accepting of others’ beliefs and attitudes
We believe that our core values and Raglan Character Virtues help promote citizenship in our school.
Our Core Values and Character Virtues are:
KIND READY SAFE RESILIENT CONFIDENT INDEPENDENT
Democracy is embedded at Raglan school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and through our House Teams and House Captains. The elections of the School Council and House Captains are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has personal goals, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Each child signs an E-safety agreement and each class discusses and sets its own class agreements that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is one of the core values of our school. Our pupils were fully involved in the creation of our vision statement in September 2016 and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at Raglan Primary School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Raglan School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work; participation in celebrations such as Diwali. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
Through the curriculum we teach and the values and vision we promote we:
- enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to society
- enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
- encourage respect for other people, democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.