Central to the school’s ethos is the idea that each child should not only be prepared for living life in modern Britain but life as a Global Citizen. The school believes that this can only be achieved through embedding SMSC and British Values throughout the curriculum, creating a well-rounded individual, both academically, and socially. As well as having a well-developed, appropriate SMSC curriculum, the everyday practice of building perseverance and resilience in lessons and developing individual identity are integral to achieving the wider goals of the above.
Children learn about the world around them, both on a local, national and international scale through a variety of curriculum drivers, assemblies, visits and visitors. They are encouraged to identify the differences, but ultimately find the similarities, in places and people different to those in their immediate locality.
As a school we endeavour to provide children with the opportunities to practise these values. Children know what is expected of them and they continue to display outstanding behaviour, as recognised at the previous inspection. There is a clear process of undertaking Pupil Voice. Throughout the year members of any class take can an idea to their democratically elected Student Council Member. These ideas can then be taken to SLT and decisions be taken on them. A pupil from the School Council then keeps a blog on the school website as to what the outcomes were. We believe that the school’s thoughtful and wide ranging work in SMSC and developing their physical needs is a key strength of the school. Evaluations completed on focused enquiry days for Wakefield teachers held at Dane Royd identify this as outstanding practice.
The school meets once a day either together, as a key stage or in classes. The time is used to celebrate achievements, discuss topical issues pertinent to their lives or indeed discuss those that they may not come across if not for meeting together to discuss.
Dane Royd subscribes to the award winning Picture News resources which pose topical questions for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 to explore linked to a key British value. These are used in assemblies and classes; the school was recognised for using these resources creatively in our ‘Our impenetrable wall of values’ display.
The impact from all the above has seen the school awarded full International School Status in 2013 and then be re-accredited with this award in 2016. The award recognises the strong international links that the school currently holds, with 4 link schools in China and 1 in France. As a result of this award the school has been used as a hub for the local authority to demonstrate outstanding practice in this particular area and evaluation forms highlight the wider impact the school has had with regards to this particular area. It has also seen us shortlisted for the TES International School award for 2 years running (16/17 and 17/18), again demonstrating the school’s clear strength in the area of global citizenship and British Values.
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 by the Government in 2014.
Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others. This policy clearly includes the need for rewards and sanctions.
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through different groups within the school, which include the School Council. These groups meet regularly to discuss issues, put forward their ideas and opinions and participate in decision making for the school.
Rule of Law
Pupils are continually taught to recognise the difference between right and wrong and the importance of applying this in their daily lives. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are a regular part of our curriculum events and help reinforce this message.
We have a behaviour policy, which reflects the rights of a child. We consistently reinforce our high expectations of all children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our rights and responsibilities (our rules). They know that these rights are here to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment to enable them to do this. Through our PHSE curriculum we discuss different choices that the children can make and we encourage them to make the right choices. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their choices and are taught about the effect that this has on both their peers and adults. They are given opportunities to resolve conflicts effectively and fairly. Through e-safety we teach the importance of keeping safe when using technology. Visitors, such as the Police and the NSPCC, talk about the importance of safety and how important it is to protect people from harm.
Our whole school ethos is built around children developing their citizenship skills. We believe that respect for others is a vital component of moral development. We are an inclusive school where everyone is highly valued and respected. Adults act as positive role models and they demonstrate and promote respect for others. Staff help children to understand how to respect each other by talking about how actions and words can impact on the feelings of others. We encourage open discussions in all areas but particularly in lessons which promote citizenship such as PHSE and through circle time. Pupils are encouraged to discuss and debate global and local issues. Our global partnerships have provided opportunities for pupils to appreciate similarity and difference and to build relationships between children in different parts of the world. We have strong links with the local community and pupils take part in events such as Harvest festival deliveries, carol concerts at the local care home and an annual Shoe Box Appeal.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
Through our teaching we help pupils to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Pupils are provided with opportunities, through our RE curriculum and our local and global links, to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating different faiths, cultures and beliefs. Our curriculum incorporates teaching and learning opportunities for pupils to explore aspects of the wider world and develop an appreciation of cultural diversity. We learn about a range of different festivals within the school such as Chinese New Year, Diwali, Hanukah, Eid and Christmas.
Members of different faiths or religions are invited into the school to share their knowledge to enhance learning. Visits to places of worship, such as different Churches and the Gurdwara, also take place across each year group and provide valuable first hand experiences. We have a very close relationship with the local church and members of the church participate in school events.