Collingwood has an ethos of care where every individual is valued for their uniqueness. Our Whole School “Core Values” (known as “REACH” to the children), are integral to everything we do and are displayed on the cover of pupil’s books and around school.
Collingwood’s British Values Statement
The DfE have reinforced the 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 Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Collingwood we recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom and understand the vital role education has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We promote British Values in the following ways:
We follow equal opportunities guidance to eliminate discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status. Collingwood strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a successful contribution to society.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Collingwood we embrace these values in an age appropriate and child friendly way through our teaching of the national curriculum and in the way that adults and children work together in line with our “REACH Values”. (Respect, Equality, Achievement, Co-operation, Happiness)
The principle of democracy is very familiar to our pupils for instance, pupils will put themselves forward for and be elected for various roles in school such as class jobs and members of our Eco-Team. During national elections the process is discussed during assemblies and in class. The principle of democracy is debated with older pupils during history and RE lessons. We have a Learning Council consisting of Learning Ambassadors from each class, which meets regularly to collect and discuss the views of pupils on many issues. Pupils often nominate one another for special mentions in our celebration assemblies. Visits from authorities such as the The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Local Authority Officials, Governors and The Rotary Club etc reinforce this message.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Collingwood during normal school life and in class discussions and assemblies. Pupils know our behaviour policy, particularly the coloured cause and consequence chart, well and are regularly reminded of the rules and expectations of the school. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service reinforce this message.
At Collingwood, students are actively encouraged to make choices and take on responsibilities, 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, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Staff facilitate pupil voice wherever possible. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and in our PSHE lessons. Older children are often given choice in how they record, whether they participate in clubs and some learning activities/homework or pursuit of personal interests in some lessons. Visits from individuals those who have succeeded in challenging circumstances reinforce this message.
“Respect” and “Equality” is two of Collingwood’s own REACH Values and something that the children discuss and are encouraged to point out in each other and adults in school regularly. Pupils are taught that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with our ethos being ‘We live our lives with arms and minds wide open”
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Collingwood is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place an emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Pupils are given opportunities to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school. Festivites and customs are shared in lessons and in assemblies and throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Visits from authorities from local churches, faith groups and individuals with first hand experience of other countries and cultures etc reinforce this message.
At Collingwood we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. Through our ethos and teaching we help students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect English law; encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and contribute positively to society; enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, English public institutions and services and to appreciate and respect their own and other cultures. Collingwood strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our ever changing society.
This is what our pupils have to say about British Values: