Developing British Values at BPS:
a statement of intent

We promote the key BRITISH Values which we also believe to be values that can be found outside of Britain. Through our curriculum and ethos we promote mutual respect and tolerance for our differences and celebrate our individuality. Relationships are important to us and we encourage our pupils to speak up and share their opinions and views so that we can improve our provision for all who come here.

Through everything we do we weave the opportunities to discuss current issues and share our individual cultures and beliefs. We recognise that we are part of a diverse society and encourage our children to see themselves as part of a democratic country where they have a voice.
We are a rights respecting school and encourage our pupils to be clear on their rights as British citizens and take responsibility for how they behave and treat each other in the local community and the wider world that they belong to.
At BPS We:

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through our Jigsaw curriculum and in any area that naturally occurs each and every day in our school. We actively promote anti-discrimination and celebrate ‘family’ in its many forms.
  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law in England. We do this through our rights respecting behaviour policy and the way we treat one another. We promote treating each other with dignity and respect and encourage reflective responses to learning how to conduct ourselves in a diverse society.  We follow restorative approaches with pupils leading on peer mediation in year 5. 
  • Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and 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 do this through our many pupil groups established to promote student voice. Students are encouraged to put themselves forward for these groups and share their views and opinions whilst supporting the smooth running of the school. Some of these pupil groups support work with the local community and beyond. All groups follow our rights respecting code of conduct at all times.
  • Encourage respect for other people through clear rights respecting ethos and an understanding of the responsibility we all have to protect the rights of others in our community. We believe that everyone has the right to their own beliefs and should respect those of each other. We also encourage our pupils to stand up for themselves and others who may face discrimination because of race, gender, colour or beliefs. 
  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for the democratic process, including the law in England. We do this through helping the children to understand democratic processes by using a model of these processes to create our own school council. Our pupils visit the local town council and are part of the town pupil council group.
  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England through the curriculum especially in the history content and PSHE strands. Our very youngest pupils meet with and discuss the roles of community members like the police. Our older pupils investigate and explore the responsibility of governments and the forces. 
  • Further encourage tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures. This is tackled through our RE curriculum and PSHE where pupils are expected to have an open and respectful approach to learning about different cultures and experiences.

We have an excellent link with our local secondary school who have a debating team. This year we are encouraging our pupils to sign up to join a debating group where they will learn more about justifying their opinions and respecting those of others.              

We are also exploring across the school what our pupils believe it is to be British in an ever changing and diverse society. It is of interest to us and will inform our curriculum planning. We will explore any controversial community views and build in opportunities to challenge any preconceptions or unnecessarily negative opinions.

We aim to send our pupils on from BPS as well balanced, respectful and articulate young people who are able to openly share their opinions and welcome the diversity and difference of others.

 

Drawing of a teacher and children
 
 

St Andrew's Road
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 3BJ

 

Headteacher: Mrs. D. Brown (BED Hons NPQH)
Tel:
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710
Email: office@bridport.dorset.sch.uk