At George Tomlinson Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that our pupils respect and follow the modern British values of individual liberty, democracy, mutual respect, the rule of law and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Our Values Statement
At George Tomlinson Primary School we are committed to serving our local, national and international community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing landscape of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have as a school in ensuring that groups or individuals are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. At George Tomlinson, we recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
Our school fosters a strong sense of belonging both to the school community and as a citizen of Britain with the responsibilities that citizenship brings. The school has policies in place regarding Equalities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all so that everyone feels a sense of belonging.
The Government emphasises that we are required to ensure key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:
Democracy · The rule of law · Individual liberty · Mutual respect · Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses opportunities to promote these values across the curriculum including PSHE, Philosophy 4 Children, Destination Reader, RE, Circle Time, and assemblies. They are embedded in the rich ethos of our school.
Our Golden Rules are fully aligned with modern British Values:
We are honest
We look after property
We are gentle
We work hard
We are kind and helpful
‘British Values’ have been identified as:
The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning. At George Tomlinson Primary School we ensure that pupils are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. The method of using this ‘voice’ could be using words, objects, photographs, pictures, symbols, touch cues, eye pointing or body language. Our curriculum incorporates Destination Reader which gives children language stems to use to help them articulate effectively, Philosophy 4 Children where students are able to debate ideas openly with their peers.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty. Children in years 1-6 take part on our school council. We have appointed a Pupil Voice Coordinator from September 17 who will achieve the accolade of being a Rights Respecting School under the UN charter for the Rights of the Child. We held an election at the same time as the General Election of 2017 and children created party manifestos to represent their beliefs. The whole school voted for their favourite party and asked questions at the Q&A sessions with party leaders!
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behaviour; helping pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large.
Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Staff are committed to providing a consistent and predicable environment within the school and beyond. This type of environment enables pupils to feel safe and secure; this in turn, promotes the optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Pupils at George Tomlinson are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say ‘No’ to ideas or activities that they do not want to take part in. Pupils take up various roles of responsibility around the school such as Playground Pals, Peer Mediators and Prefects. These roles empower them to encourage others to make the right choices and help some pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences.
Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as, Red Nose Day/Comic Relief and Children in Need. At George Tomlinson Primary School we believe that by engendering a caring and helpful environment and by learning to be independent can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
We promote each pupil’s inclusion, where possible, in a range of activities, settings and locations.
As pupils move into the other Key Stages, further planned events and circumstances are planned for pupils to go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: sports events, community events and shared participation with other schools/colleges.
It is important to facilitate opportunities for George Tomlinson to be part of the community as the pupils, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
We celebrate Diversity Month in October with a range of activates, assemblies and art lesson. We also hold an annual International Day where children wear national dress, families cook their national food and we share music, dance and drama together as a community.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
George Tomlinson Primary School serves a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.
Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all pupils’ experiences and awareness of others.
Our Assemblies help all pupils to find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. The themes cover areas such as: friendships, helping others and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events.
Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes. As a school, we take part in local sporting activities which helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’.
Although some pupils at George Tomlinson may find it difficult to articulate their feelings and concerns, staff are attuned to changes in demeanour and well-being that may indicate anxiety. If they are concerned about a pupil our accepted practice links to the Child Protection Policy which entrusts a duty of care to all staff to actively protect and promote the welfare of children.
We take children on school trips to local and also further afield venues where we are able to explore places of worship. Being in London we are able to exploit opportunities to visit museums and places of interest in the capital.
The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.