British Values at Falcon Junior School
The DfE 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.” At Falcon, we think it very important that our pupils develop a strong set of values and principles, and that they question and understand what it means to grow up in British society. Through a rich and challenging curriculum, we invite pupils to reflect upon their role in a diverse, multicultural and multi faith society. Through a focus on multiculturalism we equip pupils with a mature, respectful and sensitive appreciation for difference and diversity. In discussing what it means to be British, children engage critically with stereotypes and prejudices and develop an understanding of how we can celebrate our heritage and home cultures whilst also embracing the ties that bind us together. We have a deeply embedded appreciation of the values of fairness and democracy through our PSHE curriculum as well as through our use of a 'mandated' model of a school council, in which children seeking to be elected as class representatives participate in hustings and voting processes. Our school is enriched by the faiths of our school community, and we teach an inclusive and all embracing Religious Education curriculum that teaches pupils about the beliefs and practices of all major religious groups, and indeed the shared values that religion can promote with core British values. As a school, we take our responsibility to promote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously. Our curriculum enables pupils to recognise the valuable role that they play as emerging citizens in British society.