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In the eyes of God, every child matters, every moment of every day

In the eyes of God, every child matters, every moment of every day

British Values

At Buckden CE Primary Academy, we develop and promote British Values throughout our school and within our curriculum.

“We want every school to promote the basic British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.” Lord Nash

A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

British Values

  • The Rule of Law
  • Democracy
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

To do this our children will develop;

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
  • An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination

The mission statement and aims of the school clearly reflect these values, and the whole school strives to uphold them.

Our school is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment. We value and promote shared personal achievement, high standards and respect for the individual. We believe that by working together we build understanding of one another and develop the self-esteem of every individual.

This mission statement represents the principles that we strive towards at Buckden CE Primary. Throughout our prospectus we hope to show how we translate these aims into practice.

Our aims stand upon three fundamental principles;

  • To educate for sustainability in a progressive, student-centred way, focusing on preparing our young people to thrive in a changing world. To ignite a love for lifelong learning, a joyful, wondrous journey, and teach our students the skills we believe are required to thrive now and in the future.

  • To provide a safe, supportive, stimulating and inclusive environment where every child is recognised, cared for, encouraged and valued.

  • Buckden CE Primary will actively ensure the involvement of the whole community, particularly families through our Home School Hub, who have a vital role in supporting their children’s education. This partnership will encourage healthy and positive attitudes motivating children to become life-long learners.

As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Buckden. Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions and customs in the course of the year; for example, Harvest Festival during the Autumn term and productions/plays at Christmas. We also value and celebrate national focusses, recent examples being; Macmillan Coffee Morning, Anti-Bullying week, Chinese New Year and Safer Internet Day, with many more opportunities planned in throughout the year to collaborate with the wider community and world e.g. Children In Need

British Value are so interwoven in what we teach at Buckden, especially with the writing of our own school curriculum based around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This gives us many opportunities to explore British Values in a way that is relevant to our pupils and encourages them to be citizens that we can all be proud of.  The table below is an indication, but certainly not limited to, examples of how British Values is delivered in school. 

British Value Evidence
  • Mission Statement
  • School Parliament (minutes from meetings can be found here - School Parliament

Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Buckden CE Primary Academy. Democracy is central to how we operate.

An obvious example is our School Parliament. The election of the School Parliament members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes etc. Made up of one representative from each class, the School Parliament meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The parliament is able to effect change within the school; in the past, the School parliament has hosted fundraising activities and helped to provide equipment for our school grounds as selected by the children and worked with the PTA one designs for outdoor equipment. The parliament are actively involved in providing teachers with feedback. School Parliament Feedback is an item on Staff meeting agendas. They are involved in developing procedures around school most recently they have been involved in setting up 'Corridor Expectations' for moving around school. 

Another example of ‘pupil voice’ is:

•children are asked to respond and reflect on the teaching and learning they receive as well as make suggestions for the School Council to consider.

Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility and is demonstrated on a daily basis by our pupils.

Parents’ opinions are welcomed at Buckden CE Primary through methods such as questionnaires, surveys at parents evenings and opportunities to comment on whole school matters e.g. After school provision.

The Rule of Law
  • Mission Statement/ School aims
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Display of class rules in each classroom,
  • Playground rules 
  • Lunchtime rules
  • Play Leaders
  • Curriculum links through the SDG, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions through our enquiry led questions such as "What would a peaceful community look like?", "What would a peaceful country look like?" and "Which is more important peace or justice? "
  • Visits by Magistrates

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and often reinforced, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses the school rules and class routines, principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment, these rules are displayed in each class along. These rules play a fundamental role in our positive behaviour approach within school.

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. These values are reinforced in different ways:

  • Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service
  • Bike-ability lessons enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules.
  • During Religious Education, when rules for particular faiths are thought about
  • During other school subjects, where there is respect and appreciation for different rules (more information can be found on the curriculum sections for each subject found here Our Curriculum

Individual Liberty 

  • Mission Statement/School aims
  • Behaviour policy
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • Displays of children’s activities
  • Children’s key roles and responsibilities
  • The School Video has been written and put together by the pupils as a true refection of the school and what pupils experience is truly like at Buckden CE Primary

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely; for example:

•choices about how they can improve their learning

•choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities

Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our PSHE and mind up lessons and as the Lyfta resources. We use these resources across the whole school which also links to our class assemblies.

Collective worship is used to both explore and support the school’s values and promote courageous advocacy. By teaching the children how to manage and understand emotions they will be motivated and equipped to:

  • Be effective and successful learners
  • Make and sustain friendships
  • Deal with and resolve conflict evenly and fairly
  • Solve problems with others by themselves
  • Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger or anxiety
  • Be able to promote calm and optimistic states that promote the achievement of goals
  • Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties
  • Work and play cooperatively
  • Compete fairly and win or lose with dignity and respect for all competitors
  • Recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others
  • Understand the value the differences and commonalities between people, respecting the rights of others to have beliefs and values different to their own.
  • To respect and value our world, and the things, both material and alive that exist within it.

Children throughout the school are given key roles such as School Parliament, Skills Builder Leaders, Collective Worship Leaders, Eco Warriors, Plant monitors. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 are given additional key roles and responsibilities such as House Captains, Sports Captains, Lunch Time Monitors, Library Monitors and Book Club organisers. 

Through opportunities such as our extra-curricular and Lunch Time clubs, Breakfast Clubs, visits to the Local Care home, Local and regional day trips, Residential Trips, Aspirations Day and Skills Builder Project Days pupils are given the freedom to make safe choices.

Children at Buckden are encouraged to make choices knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.

Mutual respect
  • Mission Statement/School aims
  • Behaviour policy
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Display of children’s activities
  • Display of positive values around school
  • Excellence Boards in Every Classroom
  • Our curriculum content

We have high expectations of achievement and behaviour. Children and staff are polite and kind. We believe everyone has their own special gifts and we are expected to use them.

We listen and respect each other. We teach the children that conflict will be dealt with calmly and fairly. All members of the school family are valued equally. We celebrate lunch time behaviour and taking care of our school environment through Litter picking crews and Planting squads. We celebrate each other’s achievements whether that be in or out of school through our weekly celebration assemblies. Pupils take an active part in awarding values card to each other in assemblies. 

Teachers plan exciting, interesting, challenging and innovative lessons where everybody is expected to do their best and respect others.

When our older children are given key roles and responsibilities to work alongside younger children this helps to promote mutual respect across the age phases. E.g. Partner Class Reading buddies, our Buddy Groups.

Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs
  • Mission Statement /school aims
  • P.S.H.E policy
  • R.E. policy
  • Worship records
  • Alternative faith work as part of the R.E curriculum coverage
  • Subject Guidance Documents - Foundation Subjects
  • Our Curriculum content covering SDGs Reduced Inequalities, through Enquiry topic questions such as; Are we all the same?, How does inequality affect someone’s life? And Does inequality affect someone’s happiness? As well as in EYFS the topic 'Let's Celebrate'. Enquiry Led Curriculum

Buckden CE Primary are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Tolerance, politeness and mutual respect are at the heart of our aims, ethos and R.E curriculum.

Our central aim to 'Prepare children for the future' drives us towards ensuring that our pupils are able to live and work alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures. This will be particularly necessary in a future where due to technological advances will make the 'world a smaller place.'

Our pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone and to everything, whatever differences we may have. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.

Specific examples of how we at Buckden Primary enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:

•Through Religious Education, PSHE and other lessons where we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in English through fiction and in art and music by considering cultures from other parts of the world. Our enquiry led curriculum encourages pupils from as young as Reception to ask questions and explore inequalities through out teaching of SDGs and how as a Church school we embrace all irrespective of faith or belief and does this with courageous advocacy.

•Celebrating cultural differences throughout our curriculum assemblies, themed weeks, noticeboards and displays use of resources such as Lyfta.

Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith. Daily worship reflects and teaches the children tolerance for different faiths and beliefs. We have our ‘Buckden Prayer’ which the children collaborated on and which encompasses a shared belief and value.

Activities within school support both children and adults of different or no faith, the children are taught respect and tolerance of these groups and the opinions of the groups are taken into account with all activities.

Whilst instances contrary to our values are relatively rare, each is treated seriously in line with our policies and expectations.