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Promoting British Values

The Department for Education has reinforced the need for schools “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.”

Democracy

At Donington Cowley Endowed Primary School we are committed to ensuring that each child has a voice.  Each year the children in each class decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with the charter.  The children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard.  The representatives of the Guinea Pig Care Committee are elected by their classmates.  Children who wish to stand for House Captain enjoy the opportunity to share with the school why they should be elected to represent their peers.  Other opportunities for holding elected office include Playground and Sports Leaders and Digital Leaders.

The Rule of Law

As a school we reinforce the importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country.  We look at ways in which laws govern and protect us.  Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and the responsibilities that each of us has to follow the rules and the laws which are part of our communities.  Regular visits from the PCSOs ensure good communication and mutual respect. We have elected Junior PCSOs who lead assemblies and help other members of the school community.

Individual Liberty

Within our school, children are actively encouraged to make choices and they are helped to understand how choices affect how we live our lives.  As a school, we help children to make safe choices within clear boundaries.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety and PHSEE lessons.  In their learning, whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record their ideas, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom and understanding to make choices.

Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Mutual respect and tolerance are at the heart of our values.  All members of the school community treat each other with respect, kindness and care.  We actively celebrate diversity through our learning about different faiths and cultures.  Our curriculum both celebrates and highlights the richness of diversity.