The DfE have 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.
Democracy is an important aspect of school life at Northwood Primary. We ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to share their views via the School Council and pupil questionnaires. The pupils also have full control over who is chosen to represent them in the school council by voting within each class. Pupils at Northwood frequently contribute to the development of the school in areas such as behavioural policies and rewarding achievement. Elected councillors meet regularly to discuss the concerns and ideas of their classmates and then report back the outcome of their meetings.
The rule of law:
The importance of laws is a vital component of Northwood's ethos. The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout every school day. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws: that they govern and protect us, responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, 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 choices, through 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 Relationships Education lessons.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
At Northwood Primary, mutual respect and tolerance are key aspects of our school ethos. We ensure that pupils care for each other and develop a respect for and tolerance of others regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion. Our students learn that they live in a multi-cultural, multi-denominational society and they explore and learn about other faiths to help them develop an understanding of, and a mutual respect for, those with different beliefs.