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In addition to this, and in line with the DfE’s expectation that schools “promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”, children at Trawden Forest Primary School also experience:
Democracy – each class vote each year for their school council representative. The school council then meets termly with Mrs Atkinson to discuss ideas for lesson, activities, resources and charity work. The children also complete an annual questionnaire about their views of the school; class decisions are made through voting, where appropriate; and subject leaders and the leadership team regularly seek the views of pupils about whole school issues.
The Rule of Law – children are all aware of the school rules, they learn, through these, about rights and responsibilities, and understand why rules are in place and that the breaking of rules has consequences. Pupil questionnaires tell us that the vast majority of pupils believe that the school has sensible rules and that teachers do something when these are broken.
Individual Liberty – all our pupils are encouraged to make choices about their learning and we are developing a more investigative and open approach to the curriculum which we hope will embed this further. Through PSHE and RE children also learn about the importance of making sensible choices and the effects choices can have on their lives and the lives of others.
Mutual Respect – this is one of our key school values and is reinforced throughout school by the way children treat each other, within school, and within the wider community.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs – children learn about other faiths regularly through RE and PSHE. As a school we are actively looking for ways to enhance children’s understanding and tolerance of others, such as by inviting visitors of other faiths into school and developing a programme of visits to other places of worship for each year group.