Promoting Fundamental British Values.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is "right" and "wrong", all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
Our British Value Leaders have been elected to represent these values in each class and each phase to set an example. We encourage our classes to vote for decisions using the class ballot box and use our class ballot boxes to vote for peers who have shown British Values each term.
Our British Values Leader in school is Mrs Rhodes-Evans, make sure you come and see her if you have anything you would like to know or share!
Pupil Parliament is now under way within our school. This exciting new initiative is being overseen by Mrs. Rhodes-Evans.
The Pupil's Parliament is made up from the following leaders within the school:
The pupils introduced their 'parties' and what they would represent within the Parliament during worship to the whole school. Here are a few quotes from the representatives speeches:
"The baton to steer this council has now fallen into our hands and we promise that we will put all hands on deck by continuing the good work of our predecessors."
"In carrying out our duties of school council, we will consult and engage with our classmates to sample their opinions and approval in every matter."
"We will apply the British Values to any problem anyone has, so we can solve it as best as we can. Our party will make you happy by taking on board your thoughts and advice and by making the school fun"
"Our party are going to put our thinking caps on and reflect the RE Ambassadors' point of view. We will also be judging all decisions on the Christian Values: Koinonia, Friendship, Service, Trust and Wisdom within the decisions we make.
Equaliteas Tea Party
In June 2018 our school hosted an extraordinary Tea Party, an Equaliteas Tea Party. We invited other local schools in the Dartford area to attend for an afternoon of debate, equality and cakes!
The event was sponsored by a Government grant to promote the Vote 100 Campaign where the children learnt about the plight of the Suffragettes and their journey to get votes for women. Our guest speak was Peter Barrett, the great grandson of Alice Hawkins. Alice was a working class Suffragette who was imprisoned for her activity in the movement and worked closely with the Pankhurst family to lead the WSPU in Leicester. Peter shared his great grandmothers involvement and stories of the movement with the children.
Afterwards, the children debated on equality in today's society and reflected on the treatment of women 100 years on. This led to some interesting thoughts, with some very defensive boys!
Thank you to all those who attended, including the Mayor of Dartford, watch out for our next district debate when we will be inviting children to our school to learn about Parliament and what goes on there during Parliament week.