The government states that all schools are required to ensure that they promote the fundamental British values. These are defined as:
At Clowne Infant & Nursery School we are proud that our school ethos and culture enable children to grow and develop into responsible, respectful and thoughtful young people who are well-equipped to make a positive difference to their community and wider world. We actively promote each of the British values through assemblies, our own school values, our RE and PSHE curriculum and our topic based learning curriculum.
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. We believe that every child has a voice and we actively encourage this throughout school. Children are always listened to by adults and taught to listen carefully to each other. This is also evident through our PSHE curriculum. We encourage the children to respect one another and that every individual has the right to their own opinion. We model this in our daily teaching and with our relationships with the children and adults within school.
We hold elections for our school council members, reflecting our British electoral system which demonstrates democracy in action.
Our school behaviour policy teaches children how to become responsible citizens; this is embedded within all aspects of school life and shared with parents, carers and our governing board.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the wider community, is consistently reinforced at Clowne Infant & Nursery School. This is through our school assemblies and following our school behaviour system. Children are taught that a high standard of behaviour is an expectation in our school. This is reinforced by the Golden Rules. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws and how they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
We encourage our children to distinguish right from wrong throughout the school day. Visits from the police and the fire service also help to reinforce our messages.
Within school, our children are actively encouraged to make responsible choices. As a school we enable all children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. As a school we empower the children to make choices about their education and lifestyle.
Children are encouraged to know and understand their rights and personal freedoms; they are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Children are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices, from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fundraising events. Within assemblies, we teach children about basic human rights in the context of our society and wider world and initiate discussion around these issues.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. All of our children are taught the importance of respect for self and others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Adults throughout the school model and promote respect for others. This is reiterated through our school rules and our behaviour. Through our Clowne Infant & Nursery School ethos and culture we embed the inclusion of all society and will always support and celebrate each individual.
Our whole school ethos is based around our values. We believe that these values contribute to individuals being able to live happy and successful lives within the communities that they belong.
Clowne Infant & Nursery School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are planned to promote an understanding of different faiths and cultures through stories, celebrations and visitors to the school. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning and children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Our school enhances children understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education, PSHE, Topics and assemblies.