British Values

Rodmarton Primary School is built on a foundation of the core British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance. We actively promote British Values within our curriculum and throughout school using Picture News assemblies to see them in real-life contexts.

British Values are the basis of the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of each child. We encourage pupils to consider these values whilst developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to become reflective learners and grow into responsible citizens, who treat others with kindness and respect, equipped to thrive in modern Britain.

These will at all times be addressed directly through lessons and the “acts of worship” programme but they also permeate the whole curriculum. They are the basis of the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of each child. We encourage pupils to consider these values whilst developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to become reflective learners and grow into responsible citizens equipped to thrive in modern Britain.

Democracy

Children are taught about democracy and the importance of respecting the opinions of every individual. During Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) sessions, they learn how to discuss issues in a calm, open-minded and fair manner. Every year, students from Years 1 to 6 elect a representative to the School Council. The concept of democracy is reinforced throughout various subjects and is covered in a range of history units, particularly within our study of the Ancient Greek civilization.

Rule of Law

At Rodmarton Primary School, children are taught the importance of rules and the rationale behind the laws and rules created to govern and safeguard us. The school’s behaviour policy allows all members of the school community, including pupils, staff, governors, parents, and visitors, to work together to establish a supportive and thriving school environment. Every year, the children review their class rules and devise a class charter. These are consistently reinforced and referred to throughout the day, in classrooms, assemblies, and during break times. The school also invites School Beat Police Officer to help children comprehend the Rule of Law in the broader context.

Individual Liberty

We want children at Rodmarton to become responsible and accountable for their actions. We encourage our children to make good choices in a safe and supportive environment. We teach them about the importance of responsibility, and we expect them to take responsibility for their actions and understand how their actions may impact themselves or others. In school, we promote the understanding of an individual’s rights and responsibilities through PSHE sessions, online safety sessions, and assemblies. We give pupils various responsibilities in school, such as School Council, House Captains, School Librarians, and Play Leaders.

Mutual Respect

All members of the school community (pupils, staff, governors, parents and visitors) are expected to treat each other with respect. Mutual respect is understanding that we may not all have the same opinions and values, but we still respect and appreciate each other for our differences. This is integral to Rodmarton’s aims, where each child’s unique individuality is recognised.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Rodmarton Primary School proudly promotes and celebrates our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness, and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims, ethos, PSHE, and R.E. curriculum. It is directly linked to our aims to develop pupils’ understanding of themselves in relation to their communities and the wider world, being kind, respectful, compassionate, and caring.