Learning About British Values
At The Aldgate School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education (PSHE), Mini police lessons as well as through Religious Education lessons. We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship, celebration assembly, whole school assemblies and assemblies which focus on different cultures/faiths.
We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. We hold Poppy Day commemoration and have an annual Remembrance Day Assembly. We also held a full day of special activities for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. In the past our choir had the great honour of being invited to sing as part of the Queen’s Christmas speech broadcast to the Nation.
At The Aldgate School, British values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and regular circle times. Pupils also have input into their learning and what they would like to learn which promotes pupil voice. We also have a very productive and actively involved School Council.
The Aldgate School promotes Core Christian Values: Wisdom, Thankfulness, Hope, Forgiveness, Trust, Service, Peace and Friendship. Each year group focuses on a particular value and examples of their work on each topic is displayed in shared spaces.
At the end of every half term we hold a Tea Party where children who have demonstrated that they have upheld the school vision or a core Christian Value are invited to tea with the Headteacher in order to acknowledge and celebrate their efforts.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our children helped to create our school rules / code of conduct.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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, fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour, effort and improvement.
Rewards are given in the form of stickers, verbal praise, staying on green on the class behaviour chart with termly certificates to acknowledge this. Children’s achievements, both in and out of school, are recognised during Celebration Assemblies.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and DARE drugs education programme. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for choir, attending additional clubs.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at The Aldgate School. Our RE Inspection (Section 48) inspection (April 2014) confirms that "Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding."
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We are proud of the fact that our school community is very diverse, where at any given time up to 34 different languages are spoken by children, parents and staff. This reflects the diversity of the British people and we continually reinforce this through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally divers society. We hold special events to celebrate the contribution of different faiths groups and cultures to the diversity and richness of British life. We follow the LDBS scheme for RE which includes teaching about world faiths.