At Thomas’s Fulham, in line with DfE legislation, we:
‘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.’
These aspects are integral to our provision and documented in our School Aims and Values, which include the following statement:
‘Our ethos, aims and values actively support the upholding of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; British Values which we cherish, equipping pupils for life in modern Britain.’
We explicitly and actively teach our school values. Our provision is values-based. Our school values are ‘Kindness & Courtesy’, ‘Honesty & Respect’, ‘Confidence & Leadership’, Humility & Givers not Takers and ‘Perseverance & Independence.’
Examples of active practice reflective of the above are outlined below:
Through our PSHCE progamme called ‘Learning for Life’ (L4L), we discuss and explore the basis on which the law is made and applied in England. Each year pupils decide as a group upon their class rules, fitting in with the overarching school rule ‘be kind’. Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have, for example, a School Council with representatives of every class being voted for by their classmates. They can effect change in the school by bringing forward ideas from their peers, discussing with the School Council and presenting suggestions to the CLT. We also have a range of roles of responsibilities, mainly amongst Year 6 pupils, including Playground Monitors, ABC (anti-bullying) Prefects, Green Team Leaders (sustainability) and House Captains. Pupils are able to nominate their peers for Silver Unicorns - awards given to those who are exhibiting a school value through their actions. We regularly seek the pupil’s views on their experiences at school which then feed into our SIP e.g. on entry settling in (in first few weeks of Reception); annual general survey; esafety awareness and behaviour and safety.
We encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The Rule of Law
Honesty is one of our School Values and this is explicitly taught through L4L and our assembly programme. Rules which govern the class, school and the country are reinforced regularly when opportunities arise in the curriculum and through behaviour guidance and assemblies. Children are active participants in our recognition and consequences process which is fair and consistent for all. Pupils understand the difference between right and wrong, and strive to let this guide them. Visits to school by authorities reinforce this aspect. We have built up strong links with Sand Ends Safer Neighbourhood team who keep us informed and involved with our local community.
- We enable each student to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- We enable each student to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
- We enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices and take decisions knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, as well as to comprehend and exercise their rights. Online safety lessons are a key illustration of this. Our teaching gives many opportunities for enquiry based and collaborative learning, with associated challenge, decision-making and risk taking. Pupils have choice of food at lunch time. Our extra activities programme is exceptionally wide-ranging and as such pupils have much choice.
Respect is another of our School Values and this is explicitly taught through L4L, our RE programme and underpins many activities. Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Our Code of Conduct expects all members of the school community to treat each other, and those in the wider community, with respect. Community Days are organised to include all pupils in the top two years and pupils undertake a variety of projects with the following organisations, amongst others: Age UK; Ray’s Playhouse, The Foodbank; South Park and Thomas’s Academy. We have close links with Thomas’s Academy and engage in a number of activities including pupil swaps on Community Days, joint staff development, sharing of staff and planning at Leadership meeting level (see ISSP record). Our relationship with Langford Primary School & Normand Croft is strong and both pupils and parents take part in various collaborative work with their pupils and staff . The School goes to St Dionis Church regularly for an act of worship e.g. Remembrance. In a school with a Christian ethos, the pupils are taught about other religions through our RE curriculum, and e.g. visits to local places of worship (Year 2 to a Sikh temple and Year 6 to a mosque) and presentations from parents about their religion (e.g. talk by a parent on Hanukah). We have a strong charitable focus and the pupils engage in awareness activities and often self-initiated fundraising. Our staff model tolerance and respect and we always look for opportunities to learn from other cultures. The school precludes the promotion of partisan views in the teaching of any subject in the school.
- We further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures.
- We encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
- We encourage respect for other people, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation).