At Bishopton Primary we believe that promoting British values provides pupils with the skills they need to become good citizens.
According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
School Inspection Handbook from September 2015
The teaching of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development) enables us to promote British values throughout the curriculum. We teach our pupils to distinguish between right and wrong. We aim to provide pupils with the confidence to follow and have respect for the rule of law and understand that they have a responsibility to contribute positively to their community. Our pupils are taught to be proud of their own beliefs while being tolerant and respectful of others.
Here are a few ways in which we reinforce British values:
- All members of the School Council are elected and form part of a Pupil Parliament with local schools. The Parliament organised a Shakespeare competition in which pupils were asked to create a project which celebrates the heritage and culture of Stratford-upon-Avon.
- Curriculum topics such as ‘Poles Apart’ and ’Indian Spice’ teach pupils about different cultures and religions, while topics such as ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘WW2’ teach pupils about democracy, the rule of law and tolerance.
- We enjoy learning about cultural and religious festivals such as Diwali and Chinese New Year. We also visit local places of worship such as churches, Buddhist temples and Sikh gurdwaras.
- We have been celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. This included learning about the history and role of the Royal Family. Year 5 sang some patriotic songs to elderly members of the community. Other classes have produced commemorative artwork. The School Council suggested that we have a summer fair to mark this special occasion. Each class will be responsible for organising a stall.