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Teaching British Values

In 2014 the DfE outlined the 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 Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these
values were reiterated in 2014 when the Department for Education published advice on promoting
basic important British values as part of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC)
development.

At Fairfields these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All
the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.

We have a student council which meets every month with the Headteacher to discuss issues raised in
class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change
within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.

Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the
school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country,
are consistently reinforced at Fairfields.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Golden Rules, Playground
Rules and Safety Rules. 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 Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Fairfields, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and
supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make
informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to
know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how
to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. 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. The first of our Golden Rules reads: I will be respectful and polite.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Fairfields is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different
faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance
and respect for others. Our multicultural pages on our website illustrate our commitment to
exploring our diverse school community. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to
share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places
of worship that are important to different faiths.