Read about what’s important to us here at Bicton School and also about how we approach British Values
At Bicton C E Primary School, through our Christian ethos, we aim to create a stimulating, secure and supportive environment where pupils are challenged and encouraged to develop to their full potential.
We have high expectations of every individual and seek to develop the whole child academically, physically, spiritually, morally and culturally.
We believe that the partnership between pupil, parents, staff, governors, the wider community and the Church are vital to the success of the school. We promote quality relationships, where positive self-esteem, mutual respect and responsibility are regarded as most important.
The Department of Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been recently reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Bicton C. E. Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
At Bicton C. E. Primary School democracy is taken very seriously. Children are actively encouraged to have a voice and share their views and opinions regularly. Our active school council is one such example. Every September we hold an election, when children from each class are invited to put themselves forward to be voted on to our school council. In Classes 4 and 5 this involves children pitching their manifesto to the rest of their class. A secret ballot follows and the results are announced in each class, as well as in our weekly medals assembly, before their first meeting of the year. The children really enjoy this process and have great respect for the outcomes. The school council representatives – children from Reception to Year 6 – meet regularly then take the ideas from the meeting back to their classes for discussion.
Every child also contributes their ideas to creating their own class charter or rules every year. This sets ground rules for classroom conduct and establishes the standards of behaviour that children can expect from each other over the year ahead. Children at Bicton C. E. Primary School are aware of how a democracy works within the United Kingdom and several classes carried out their own mock elections, during the 2017 general election, to allow them to feel part of the voting process.
All children complete an annual questionnaire/survey which gives them the opportunity to share their views of learning at Bicton and suggest ways in which our school could be improved further. Governors also talk to children to establish their views, as a way of ensuring that school self-evaluation is robust and accurate and therefore effective in moving the school forward.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children 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. Our school rules, rewards and sanctions, which are displayed in classrooms, are referred to regularly and consistently upheld. Annual assemblies and workshops delivered by the NSPCC and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service help to reinforce this message.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make decisions and choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and make choices safely, whilst learning the difference between rights and responsibilities. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, how they record their learning or participation in one of our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices and decisions.
As a Church of England School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours and actions have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and recognise that they have a responsibility towards each other, which is reinforced through the presence of class charters and rules. The ABC (Anti-bullying Council) was set up in our school in 2010 and encourages children to support each other and promotes fairness and equality.
Bicton C. E. Primary is situated in an area which is not culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Lessons are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Each year the children explore a world faith alongside their learning about Christianity. By the time they leave us, all children have learnt about the beliefs and practices of people of different world faiths including Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. As a Church of England school, our daily worship focuses mainly on Christianity but we ensure that other faiths and beliefs are explored through our RE teaching.
At Bicton C. E. Primary School, we will challenge opinions which are contrary to fundamental British Values, including those expressing ‘extremist’ views.
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.
Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
The Governing Body of Bicton C. E. Primary has a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our children protects them from exposure to negative influences.
Bicton C. E. Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All of our staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to express themselves through discussions and debates. The RE (Religious Education), PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Citizenship and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) provision is embedded across the curriculum and underpins the ethos of our school. Children learn about a wide range of faiths and visit places of worship wherever possible. Every fortnight, we welcome a group of Open the Book volunteers from Bicton Church to lead our whole-school worship which develops children’s moral values and enhances their knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. Children are also taught about how to stay safe when using the internet.
Although serious incidents involving radicalisation have not occurred at our school to date, it is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about the issues which affect the region in which we teach. Our staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to refer any concerns through the Child Protection/Designated Safeguarding Leads.