As a school we ensure that our curriculum and ethos encourage an understanding of how children as citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process and promote:-

  • an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination

In our curriculum and throughout the school community we seek to:-

  • ensure all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils
  • use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • consider the role of extra-curricular activity, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British value

Through such curriculum and whole school areas as SMSC, PSHE, History, Geography and RE to promote an understanding and tolerance of the wider community and make comparisons between British values and democratic systems and those of other countries

WHAT ARE OUR BRITISH VALUES?

Democracy:

Pupil voice, as well as parent/carer voice, plays a central part in developing school improvement priorities.  The school is clear in demonstrating how pupils should contribute and co-operate and consider the views and needs of others. The School Council meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics.

The Rule of Law:

Staff consistently reinforce high expectations of pupils. Whenever appropriate pupils are taught the value and reasons behind these expectations (rules), that they are there to protect us, everyone has responsibility and there may be consequences when rules are disregarded.

Individual Liberty:

Within school, everyone is actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  The school provides pupils with opportunities to learn about what makes a good choice. Pupils are encouraged to express their views and teaching and learning incorporates their preferences and interests.

Mutual Respect:

At Seven Stars, values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life.  This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfilment of potential.  All staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

The school’s curriculum aims to develop understanding of the world.  The RE and PSHE schemes of work provide opportunities for pupils to develop tolerance of and empathy towards those from different faiths, beliefs and cultures.