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At Trawden Primary our pupils and their families are not from a diverse range of home backgrounds with the vast majority of children from a white British background. It is therefore important that we reach out to other schools and communities to help educate our children in the different beliefs and faiths of others. Trawden takes part in multi faith and cultural learning as part of the curriculum, invites visitors from different cultures and backgrounds into school and has developed links with a nearby school with a different ethnic make-up to Trawden.
We teach a themed curriculum which links with the national curriculum and incorporates British Values where relevant and appropriate. This learning supports the interests and understanding of pupils and aids them in becoming good local, national and global citizens of the future.
The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.
Our school reflects British values in all that we do. We nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they grow in to caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. We encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and others in our school, our local community and beyond.
At Trawden Primary we actively promote British values in the following ways:
Pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school. They are able to do this in a number of ways e.g. Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions; debating; curriculum planning; school council; questionnaires and surveys; assemblies.
Rule of Law
We have a clear positive behaviour policy which helps pupils to make good choices about their behaviour. Each class draws up a charter together at the beginning of the school year setting out the expectaions for that class. Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and in the playground. This is supported by a Restorative Justice approach. Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Trawden enjoys visits from services such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services to help reinforce the message.
At school, pupils are encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to develop self-knowledge, self-confidence and a growth mind set in all areas of school life. Pupils are taught to understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms in a safe way, e.g P4C, UNICEF Children’s Rights and PSHE lessons. They have key responsibilities in school such as School Council, Play Leaders, ICT and Library Monitors, Playground Buddies, Reading Buddies etc.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Respect is one of our school core values. Pupils understand that respect is shown to everyone, both adults and children. We help them to develop an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. Links with local faith communities and visits to places of worship is promoted and people from different faiths are invited to school to share their experiences in assemblies and in class. Through the PSHE and RE curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences and similarities between people. We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied.