The fundamental British Values are defined as:
Promoting these British Values is now a central part of teaching and learning and are promoted throughout the curriculum across the school. They are also seen in the school ethos and policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. Below are some examples of how we actively promote British Values.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires, time to talk, pupil ambassadors. Children are encouraged to voice their opinions and we have created and environment where children are safe to disagree with each other. Pupils have opportunities to vote during the weekly 'votes for schools' assembly. The weekly 'Big Question' allows pupils to vote using the ballot system, the results of the votes are then acted upon, and children are able to witness democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
At Butts Primary school, we teach the importance of laws starting with our school key rules. The importance of law is embedded within our curriculum as well as assemblies and when dealing with pupil's behaviour. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind law, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from our local PCSO and Fire services reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedom and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through online safety, RSE and PHSE lessons.
Butts Primary is a multi-cultural school, throughout the year we celebrate diversity of culture and religion. We follow the Walsall SACE RE syllabus which enables children to be taught about different faiths. We celebrate different religions and cultural festivals on themed day where pupils have the opportunity to dress in different cultural wear, taste foods from another culture, dance and gain knowledge. This brings a strong sense of self-identity paired with an understanding, empathy and respect for others.