“The school promotes British values very well, closely aligned as they are with its own deeply held Christian values. Pupils talk with confidence about perseverance, determination, fairness, trust, forgiveness, respect and tolerance. – Ofsted, May 2015“
A statement on fundamental British values
As a Church of England school, Acle St Edmund Primary is underpinned by Christian values, and is committed to the values outlined in the Declaration of Universal Human Rights. These values encompass the four areas which have recently been identified as fundamental British values.
Children are offered choices and have many opportunities to make decisions from the earliest age. Throughout our school, their views are actively sought both in formal ways, for example through surveys, and more informally through a continual dialogue about their learning. Elected School Council committees provide a forum for democratic discussion and responsible group action. Through example and through their curriculum studies, children learn that good governance is about service, not the exercise of power. They also develop a sense of pride in who they are, and how they can contribute to the common good of the nation.
The rule of law
Our school is an orderly community which is regulated by consent. Children help to create class and school rules and develop a strong sense of fairness, justice and commitment to the common good. Expectations are clear, and there are effective procedures for tackling behaviour and attitudes which are contrary to the school’s moral code. Children are helped to distinguish right from wrong, and to understand the importance of honesty, compassion, forgiveness and reparation.
Each child is cherished as an individual, with equality before God. There is strong support for children in developing their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Drama, role-play and philosophy discussions are used to encourage children to articulate and develop their own framework of opinions, beliefs and understandings. Originality and creativity are encouraged, both in class and through a variety of school and out-of-school events. There are effective procedures for ensuring inclusiveness and combating bullying.
As our school is largely monocultural, particular care is taken to ensure that children learn about the multicultural and multi-ethnic make-up of modern Britain. Opportunities are sought to celebrate diversity, for example through literature, through images in our school environment, or through visits and visitors. Children learn about other religions, cultures and lifestyles in a spirit of enquiry, and gain a sense of understanding of viewpoints and perspectives which are different from their own. Mutual respect and tolerance are recurring themes in assemblies.