Laira Green Primary School

Tel: 01752 660427 Email:laira.green.primary.school@plymouth.gov.uk Bramley Rd, Laira, Plymouth, PL3 6BP

British Values at Laira Green

HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

All the staff and children collaborated to produce this presentation to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. We showed the presentation at our recent ‘Pop Up Museum’. Lots of parents and staff were reminiscing about the objects and news items featured in each decade.

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St George and The Dragon

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British Values at Laira Green Primary School

The DfE have recently reinforced 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.  At Laira Green these values are reinforced regularly upheld through a staff, including governor, training and understanding.  

At Laira Green we have agreed :

‘The British Values are really the values that we want to promote – not particularly just British values but values that are positive and part of a community that can live together in harmony.  We need to provide a safe space for difficult controversial issues to be discussed.’  Jonathan Marshall, Raising awareness of Prevent.  Staff Training – March 2016.

Democracy

The principle of democracy is constantly  being reinforced at Laira Green Primary with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl and Prefects positions, Form and Sport Captains and School Council  members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in class  time and assemblies.

Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, 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 choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and 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 E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Laira Green Primary School  is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and whole school approach to  teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

Our links with Kalika Primary and Secondary School have been established since 2011 and both schools, through regular visits, support our lasting life time friendship.

At Laira Green Primary School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Updated: January 2016

The British Values are:

  • Democracy.
  • The rule of law.
  • Individual liberty.
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Connecting Classrooms

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Connecting Classrooms Culture box

Remembrance Day

Here are some photos of pupils and staff at Kalika Primary School wearing poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day, 2015.
Miss Bailey and Mrs Norgate took poppies over to Nepal as part of our Culture Project.
The children had never seen poppies before so Mrs Norgate explained their significance.

It was truly heart warming to see the pupils and staff had remembered to wear them on the correct day.

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Term Dates

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