British Values Statement Lifton Community Primary School

This statement outlines the key British values we actively promote at the school.

Lifton School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.

We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status. We are an inclusive school. We believe in TRIMD.

Tolerance

Rule of Law

Individual Liberty

Mutual respect

Democracy

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our R.E curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.

We have E.A.L children and actively use school resources to promote their learning and integration into our school society.

We teach specific PSHE units of learning delivered based on ‘Living in the Wider World.’

We have visiting students from other European countries and visitors from other faiths who share their language and culture with our pupils.

Rule of Law

School has links with the local police through the school liaison officer.

We have links with the Local Authority involving Probation, Police, Fire and Drugs services.

We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all stakeholders understand and follow.

We regularly review behaviour incidents in school and share these with key stakeholders.

Individual Liberty

Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school, such as Year 6 children wear prefect badges to signify their role of responsibility and all school council members wear a badge to signify their role.

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.

As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely for example during forest school activities and forest school club.

Through our curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

The aims, ethos and vision statement are embodied in all that we do in school.

Mutual Respect

Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of Mutual Respect through units of learning such as Relationships and Being a Responsible Citizen.

Our Sports Coaches, Teachers and Teaching Assistants actively promote an attitude of equality and fairness in PE.

Respect is one of our main school aims.  

Our Buddies scheme promotes mutual respect between pupils across different phases of school.

Democracy

Children are involved in Democratic processes e.g. voting for school councillors and shared rewards.

The school council itself is led by a member of staff and adheres to democratic processes, reporting its actions to the Governing Body each term.

Day to Day British Values at Lifton School

At Lifton Primary School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. This is underpinned by a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to the British Empire.

In Key Stage 2 for example, children learn about World War Two and the impact that the military had in fighting for the British Empire. This is linked with the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute’s silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school.

In Literacy lessons, the unit on biographies is taught through the life stories of Richard Trevithick, Bobby Moore and Dame Vera Lynn. There is a wall poster in the library which features the Kings and Queens of Britain from Egbert of Wessex to the present day royal monarch. All pupils undertake lessons around this and our new rolling programme includes topics on significant British people and British monarchs.

As a whole school we have celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed sports days, competitions to design sports kits and opportunities to learn about the history of Olympians in this country. We have been visited by the inspirational British paralympian athlete, David Hill, who led PE lessons for all the children in the school and delivered an inspirational assembly. The children also followed his lead to fundraise for the Sports for School organisation and to get free sports equipment for our school.

The Golden Jubilee was a huge event for the school, with parents invited to a street party’ event held in the hall (it was very heavy rain that day). The staff and pupils dressed up as Kings and Queens and traditional children’s party food of jelly and ice-cream, jam sandwiches and cloudy lemonade were served to all.

On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within formal SEAL, PSHE and RE lessons, and on an informal nature throughout the school day. 

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