British Values

British Values at Chalfont Valley Academy

The DfE have recently 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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE), where we follow the Buckinghamshire agreed syllabus, ensuring coverage of all World Faiths & Belief Systems.

The Academy takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies and whole academy systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

At Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy, these values are reinforced in the following ways: 

Democracy

Democracy is rife within the academy. Our School Council is democratically elected, and we have a special assembly on what democracy means. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires, and monitoring by subject leaders will always take into account what our pupils think. School rules are agreed and discussed with each class, giving them the sense of ownership. Children are given the opportunity to vote on matters ranging from what book to read that day to deciding what reward they should receive when achieving a class goal or target. We also organise for our Year 6 to visit the Houses of Parliament and to debate issues in class and vote on them.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through academy assemblies. 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. We will be actively encouraging visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service to help reinforce this message. Our ‘Traffic Light System’ for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed academy behaviour code, known as our code of conduct. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood.