All schools have a responsibility “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.”
At Allington Primary School we promote these values in the following ways:
At the beginning of the year every class sets up its own Class Charter. These are underpinned by our shared values and ethos. Every class (from Year 2) elects two School Council representatives whose responsibility is to represent their peers’ needs and interests. Alongside this, children are encouraged to take on a wide range of responsibility including play leaders, tuck shop leaders, playground buddies, and sports leaders. Our house captains are elected at the beginning of each year by the whole house and carry out a variety of roles throughout the school in the year. Democracy is taught during assemblies and during circle times and Citizenship sessions.
The Rule of Law
Behaviour and safety at Allington Primary School are consistently outstanding and are seen as a priority. Children know what is expected of them, why rules are so important, and what the consequences are if they do not follow them. Through our whole school approach to restorative justice, we enable children to develop the language and strategies to solve conflict and right wrongs. At Allington Primary School we offer a range of exciting opportunities for children to be leaders throughout the school, setting the example and expectation of outstanding behaviour. Children understand that their behaviour and regard for the rules extends beyond the school itself, such as being school ambassadors whilst on school visits.
Allington Primary School is a safe place for children and cultivates an atmosphere in which children can make choices about their school life in a supportive environment. We educate our pupils to know that they have boundaries within which they may make choices safely, through the provision of a nurturing mind-set and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Citizenship curriculum. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. From the very start of their school-life children are encouraged to challenge their personal best by giving them ownership of their own learning. Children regularly have next steps shared with them, whether verbally or with written feedback in books so they know exactly what they can do to progress.
The ethos of our school nurtures an understanding of mutual respect and it underpins the engaging and exciting teaching and learning that happens here. School life at Allington Primary School abides by our values including those of trust, determination and respect. Assemblies are linked to our school and British values and we celebrate achievement, positive attitudes and hard work regularly, most notably in our Pupil of the Week assemblies. Within Key Stage One children are rewarded with a Special Person certificate where other class members share their positive thoughts about the Special Person that week.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Not only is this achieved through our well balanced curriculum but we regularly hold whole-school assemblies to celebrate and learn about religious festivals that happen throughout the school year. Our core values ensure children develop compassion and respect for all.