British Values at William Austin Infant School.
‘Living the Values the William Austin Way…’
At William Austin Infant School, fundamental British Values are promoted through our Values Based Education programme and throughout the curriculum. Children develop their understanding and knowledge of fundamental British Values in the following ways:
- Pupil Parliament elections and procedures support children in developing an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process of elections and voting.
- Children who are elected as Members of Pupil Parliament (MPP’s) also have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament in Westminster and experience different rooms within the Palaces themselves including the House of Commons and House of Lords.
- Clear expectations and rules within school support children in developing an understanding and appreciation that having rules keeps everyone safe. During the school year we also hope to welcome our local community police officers into school to talk to children about living under the rule of law, how it protects them as individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
- Teaching values such as unity, tolerance and respect supports and develops an understanding that the freedom to choose and practise other faiths and beliefs is important in a civilized world and is protected by law. These values also develop children’s acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs should be accepted and tolerated, and that we can all live harmoniously together.
- Through Values Based Education, children develop appreciation of friendship, empathy and care, understanding what discrimination and unfair behaviour looks like and how they can combat it.