British Values at Goodmayes Primary School
The Department for Education introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
At Goodmayes Primary School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously. We value and celebrate the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and hold a variety of events to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.
British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school. All curriculum areas provide an opportunity for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our cross – curricular approach provides opportunities to deepen and develop understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
At Goodmayes we try to ensure children have exposure to a wide range of experiences beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres.
We value and actively seek pupil voice to promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
Children are given responsibility to lead other children as mentors in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. We have Playground Leaders and our older children are Club Mentors and help to promote our core values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.