British Values Statement

At Churchwood Primary Academy we value the diversity of backgrounds of all pupils, families and the wider Academy community. This is reflected in our Vision: At Churchwood Everyone Can and our Values: Friendship, Motivation, Pride, Belonging and Respect. These guide us through our day to day life. Five times a year we have Themed Weeks which enable us to look in more detail at certain aspects of our Churchwood Values alongside British values.

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”.

The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

Our Academy reflects British values in all that we do. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our Academy, our local community and the wider world.

At Churchwood, we actively promote British values in the following ways:

Democracy
  • All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the Academy on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
  • The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies, special days and Themed Weeks.
  • Our School Council are very active and have an impact on other pupils.
  • Our Academy behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed.
  • Churchwood pupils have an active involvement in the selection processes of new staff.
  • Any major development includes the views of the children. For example, the Year 6 Legacy Project.
Rule of Law
  • Our Academy follows ‘Churchwood Rules’ which are integral to our learning and ethos every day.
  • Academy rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
  • Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies and on the playground.
  • Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Churchwood enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, etc. to help reinforce this message.
  • The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
  • We have Home/School Agreements, a staff Code of Conduct and a Parent Code of Conduct.
Individual Liberty
  • Within Academy, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Examples of this include signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
  • Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and selfconfidence. They know they have a right to succeed through our vision: At Churchwood Everyone Can.
  • Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and Alternative Curriculum groups.
  • Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong antibullying culture is embedded in the Academy and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The Academy governing body has taken an active role in this and the results of a whole-Academy survey were widely published. The Academy also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
  • Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in the Academy such as Year 6 Prefects, Sports Leaders, Peer Mediators, Librarians and House Captains.
Mutual Respect
  • Respect is one of the core values of our Academy. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, adults and children.
  • Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Mutual respect is set as an expectation in both our Staff Code of Conduct and Parent and Visitor Code of Conduct.
  • Our Academy/Home agreement is centred on respect for the child at the centre of all we do and respect for the work we do both educationally and pastorally.
  • Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
  • Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to the Academy to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.
  • Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
  • We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our Everyone Can Topics. These curriculum topics and our Themed Weeks offer children the chance to reflect on our core values and British values.