BRITISH VALUES STATEMENT
Roe Green Junior school is a vibrant multi-cultural and multi-faith school in the very diverse London Borough of Brent. At Roe Green Juniors we respect the diversity of backgrounds of all our pupils. The acknowledgement that all people are to be valued regardless of beliefs, background or ethnic origin is embedded in the core values that underpin our school.
In 2014 the Department for Education stated that there is a 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 Department for Education defines British values as follows:
Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
Support for equality and opportunity for all
Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs
At Roe Green these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights and responsibilities associated with these. These are based on the school’s Golden Rules, detailed in our Behaviour Policy.
We have a student council, elected by whole school elections. A week is dedicated each year to teach children about the democratic election process. This involves lessons about the process, debates in class and campaigns for which the children take responsibility.
The Rule of Law
Throughout their time at Roe Green Juniors, pupils are taught about the school’s core values based on the Olympic and Paralympic values, namely Courage, Friendship, Equality, Excellence, Inspiration, Determination and Respect
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police and Transport police help reinforce this message.
Year 6 undertake a study in conjunction with the Royal Courts of Justice including a visit to the courts where they act out a trial.
At Roe Green pupils are actively encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self- confidence.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHCE lessons.
Vunerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
Respect is one of the core values of the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Tolerance is enhanced through pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.
We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. The school has high profile assemblies to celebrate different religious festivals.
Religious Education lessons and PSHCE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.