How Do We Promote British Values?
Our children have the freedom to make choices. We hold democratic elections for different pupil committees such as house captains and school council representatives. Senior leaders regularly talk to our children about aspects of their learning and school life, such as literacy and safety, well being and behaviour.
The Rule of Law
School teaches children that everyone -children and adults- are to be given respect. As a school we have clear rules and children understand that these link directly to our values and principles. Children are directly supported to understand that there are responsibilities that come with the rule of law, which is there to protect themselves and others. Visits from and links with authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce important messages.
At Shotton Primary School we have an inclusive approach where all children are recognised as individuals and their individual potential is 'grown'. Pupils should always be supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We encourage children to take responsibility for the choices that they make e.g. behaviour choices, as well as knowing their rights and responsibilities. At our school everyone has the right to be listened to and to be treated with fairness and respect.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Assemblies and collective worship teaches respect for all. RE lessons and themed days teach children about other faiths, culture and traditions, such as St. George's Day, Diwali and Chinese New Year. PSHCE is an important part of our curriculum.
This academic year our children will begin to sponsor two children of other faiths so that they can access to right to an education. Curriculum topics/themes encourage the celebration of similarities and differences.
Celebrating Local, National and Global Celebrations and Events
As a school we mark and celebrate local, regional, national celebrations and events such as: the lighting of our village Christmas tree, Remembrance Day, Queen's Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics 2012, Battle of Waterloo, St George's Day, Diwali, Chinese New Year and our annual carol service at St Saviour's Church.
As a school we provide children and our community with clear opportunities to make a positive contribution through direct involvement in charitable activities such as: Send My Friend to School, Children in Need, MacMillan Coffee Mornings and Save the Children Christmas Jumper Appeal.
As a school we actively seek to strengthen our partnerships within the community through community events, such as harvest day lunch, after school events and building links with local community action groups and local schools through the Peterlee Partnership.