At Roskear we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.

Below is a breakdown of what British Values looks like here at Roskear.

Democracy/Pupil Voice

Children at Roskear know that there is always someone in school who they can talk to, who will listen and they will be heard, that their suggestions are valued. Their ideas are opinions are highly valued and always treated in a democratic way. Children feel comfortable to be forthcoming, and are encouraged to do so, with suggestions on how we can improve the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The School Council is run and organised by Mrs Williams, who holds regular meetings and events with these elected pupils. (Children are elected onto the council purely through pupil votes and thus reflecting our British voting system and demonstrates democracy in action)

The Rule of Law

The importance of respecting and following Laws, whether they be those in class, the playground, the wider community or anywhere in the world are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. In addition we celebrate positive behaviour through a variety of ways (see behaviour policy). Our three golden rules underpin all values across the school.

Golden Rules

  • Respect everyone and everything.
  • Show good manners at all times.
  • Follow instructions with thought and care.

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; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our school life.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for younger pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. In addition children are encouraged to make choices in their everyday learning - deciding which task best suits their learning needs, what is going to challenge and move their learning forwards. Children have opportunities to partake in a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities and are given the freedom to make these choices.

Mutual Respect

At the core of our schools visions and values is respect for others and is addressed by one of our key words – Caring. We respect everyone, regardless of their religious views, gender, cultural differences or race. (see below)

We promote good manners at all times through modelling from staff and assemblies as well as day to day lessons. Good manners are rewarded by the Midday Supervisors and ‘Golden Tickets’ are passed on the members of the SLT who will read these tickets out during Friday’s celebration assembly.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Our curriculum promotes the study and understanding of different countries, their cultures and their beliefs. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.