At Dovedale Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
•The rule of law
•Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Once the candidates have prepared and presented a speech the children in each class vote for their own class representative. The elections of Year 6 House Captains are based solely on pupil votes. At the end of each term the children have the opportunity to nominate a child from each class as the winner of the Courtesy Cup. Children also partake in pupil interviews and annual questionnaire were they are given the opportunity to put forward their own views.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. We have a whole school behaviour system with rewards and consequences which is consistently used by all staff. Through the curriculum children 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.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices that are correct and purposeful at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our PHSE and E-Safety lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. attending extra-curricular activities and Liverpool Children’s University Graduation.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by students and staff alike. Assembly stories promote respect and encouragement for others. Children are taught to be respectful regardless of differences between them. Through lessons they are taught to work co-operatively and advise each other on their learning through peer assessment.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. During RE lessons children are given the opportunity to explore a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children have participated in assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying which has been supported have been by learning in Anti-Bullying Week, Black History Week, RE and PSHE.