The DfE reinforce 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. At Rokeby Park these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the rules.
We have a school council which meets regularly with our HLTA to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council also meets with the headteacher to share their findings and is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. The school council also meet with local Hull City Councillors to find out about democracy in the city.
Children regularly take part in school questionnaires where they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Rokeby Park Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the behaviour aims of the school and how they are expected to behave in our society.
Pupils are taught the values 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, Prison and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Rokeby Park 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 rewarded for making the correct choices. 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. They also understand that with rights come responsibilities. Pupils are given freedom to make choices such as which out of school club they would like to attend.
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. Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom rules and behaviour aims.
At Rokeby Park Primary 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.
The children visit local places of worship that are important to different faiths. As a school we work closely with families from different faiths in order to ensure that all children are included.
‘I’ve enjoyed all the learning I’ve done in school and I’ve made lots of brilliant friends.’
‘started here in Year 5 and I’ve enjoyed everything at Rokeby Park Primary – it’s the best.’
‘All school trips are amazing, especially Robinwood.’
‘Maths is my favourite subject because I enjoy the challenges we are set.’
‘I love English because it brings my imagination to life’
‘I’ve really enjoyed the hard work we have been given in maths.’
‘My best memory was when it was Rokeby’s got talent and at the end the teachers all got up and danced’
‘Being here for 5 years (almost my whole life) makes me feel special its almost like home’