As an important part of our integrated approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural education at Bishop Road, we promote children’s understanding of British values by embedding them across the school curriculum so that they permeate children’s learning as well as influence the values and ethos of the school. It is our aim to ensure that children at Bishop Road understand and actively participate in democracy, understand the difference between right and wrong, understand the rule of law, know their own personal rights and responsibilities and are mutually respectful and tolerant to those with different faiths and beliefs. At Bishop Road we offer pupils a rigorous and challenging curriculum which encourages pupils to reflect on their role in society in the following ways:
- English & Creative Writing: Many books studied will have themes covering tolerance, mutual respect and democracy. Lessons look at how these themes are presented and how characters embody these values. Poetry, songs and languages from other cultures are also examined. Lessons explore the meaning of concepts such as liberty, democracy and tolerance.
- Religious education (RE): Lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different to faiths. We actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures
- History and geography: Pupils analyse events in UK and world history where British values have been tested such as both World Wars. In geography, pupils look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world.
- Class assemblies/PSHE: Each week, class assemblies are held which explore a different value. These may link to a topic being studied, an issue topical in the news or pertinent to each class and many of them directly support the promotion and understanding of British values.
- Enrichment: Opportunities are provided for children to learn and understand more about the society in which they live through educational visits to different places of worship, the local area and from visitors coming to school. This includes a range of professionals such as police officers, local MPs, lawyers and religious leaders.
- Key Stage assemblies: The SLT lead bi-weekly key stage assemblies during which stories are shared and children reflect on themes supportive of their understanding of British values.
Our approach to developing the integration British values throughout school life at Bishop Road is further outlined here.