British Values

Promoting Fundamental British Values

At Dishforth Church of England Primary School, we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain.

In June 2014, the DfE reinforced the need for “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.”

In line with current DfE guidance, we ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Educational Visits provide additional opportunities for children to develop their understanding of British Values. Children are encouraged to make links between our Core School Values and fundamental British Values.

Democracy

All children regularly take part in Class Councils and also elect representatives to the School Council through a democratic process. Children are regularly involved in democratic decisions making in their classes, eg to agree on routines, or making changes to the classroom.

Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws and that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws and rules are broken.

Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong

Individual Liberty

Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners and encouraged to make choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to the best effect. Pupils regularly hold fundraising events to support charities, whether local, national or global.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Respect is a fundamental school value, around which pivots much of the work of the school. We pay explicit attention to this as part of our RE, PHSE, and SMSC curriculum. Respect is a school value that is discussed deeply, starting with self-respect and covering respect for family, friends, and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment. Our use of Restorative Practice in resolving conflict encourages pupils to develop mutual respect and tolerance of others.

The Religious Education Curriculum and Collective Worship promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Children explore different religions and faiths through RE, whilst members of different faiths or religions are invited to the school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class

Newsletter 25 18th March 2024

Dear Parents / Carers,I have written many newsletters home to families over time but this is without doubt the most difficult of them all as I leave the school at the end of this week. I would like to thank you all for your support over the last three and a half years...

Newsletter 24 11th March 2024

Dear Parents / Carers, We have another busy week in school this week with a science workshop and Comic Relief Day on Friday! Comic Relief Day – Friday 15th March On Friday 15th March school will be supporting the Comic Relief Day where children can wear red noses and...

Newsletter 23 4th March 2024

Dear Parents / Carers, We have a lovely week to look forward to in school this week with World Book Day on Thursday along with our promotional  school dinner and vegetable book character competition! A huge thank you as well to everyone who has supported the book fair...

Newsletter 20 5th February 2024

Dear Parents / Carers, I can’t believe we are at the end of another half term this week as we break-up on Friday at 3.15pm. We will look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 19th February.

Newsletter 19 29th January 2024

Dear Parents / Carers,I hope you have all had a great weekend. We had a busy week in school last week with the crosscountry event and hedge planting. There are a few new events to look out for in this week’snewsletter so please read carefully!Thank you to everyone who...

Newsletter 39 17th July 2023

Dear Parents / Carers, We have had a super year in school and we are all looking forward to spending time at home with our families for a few weeks over the summer break and hopefully we will be able to enjoy some lovely weather as well! We have much to be proud of at...

Newsletter 36 26th June 2023

Dear Parents / Carers, I hope you all enjoyed the extended weekend due to the staff training day. We have a very enjoyable and busy few weeks left of the academic year – please keep checking diary dates at the end of the newsletter for any last-minute changes to...

Newsletter 35 19th June 2023

Dear Parents / Carers, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. Just a reminder that school is closed for the children this Friday (23rd June) for a staff training day.

Newsletter 33 5th June 2023

Dear Parents / Carers, I hope you all had a fantastic week off school and enjoyed some sunshine which looks set to continue this week. We have a busy half term ahead as we move towards the end of the academic year with many things to look forward to – please keep...