British Values at Rimon
The DfE has 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 outs its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Rimon these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Children at Rimon have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss important school issues, raised by pupils. Recently pupils helped to decide how to spend a portion of money raised by the PTA to improve their school playground.
Pupils from Year 1 onwards take part in topical debates and learn about aspects of the UK parliamentary system. The children have also been visited by local politicians during assembly.
Pupils learn about the importance of active citizenship through curriculum work. For example, In Year 1, pupils write to the local council concerning environmental sustainability. We have a school recycling programme which all pupils take part in.
Each Year the children from Year 2 onwards are able to nominate and vote for children to achieve an ‘Outstanding Certificate’.
Regular ‘Pupil Voice’ surveys are conducted with pupils to gather their views on school life.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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. Visits from the police and trips to the Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. It is expected that all members of the school community will treat each other with respect.
Pupils also develop a respect of others through engaging in charitable work during the academic year. For example, pupils help organise and run an annual Fair Trade Sale.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Modern Orthodox Jewish School, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Our RE, PSHE and Topics reinforce this.
In Reception, our pupils learn about a different culture each month and as part of this work find out about other religions.
Please click on the below link to access a recent article titled 'Are their British Values? A Religious Perspective' by our School Principal Rabbi Dr Belovski