Sherston C of E Primary School is required under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 to promote the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of pupils. As of November 2014, schools also need promote fundamental British values as part of the school curriculum.
Sherston School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the UK. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Sherston School is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The DfE has suggested that pupils are taught about fundamental British values during their spiritual, moral and cultural (SMSC) learning. Pupils are expected to display knowledge of the fundamental aspects of British values. The government has outlined their expectations, stating that pupils should:
Sherston School does not have to promote or teach any particular belief, view or way of life that contradicts our outlook or ethos; however, we will not promote discrimination, or accept intolerance against people or groups, on the basis of their belief, opinion or background.
Democracy is promoted by:
Pupils voting for School Council members
Classes voting for their whole class rewards
Circle time (KS1 & KS2)
Voting for stories
The rule of law
The Rule of Law is promoted through:
The School Behaviour promises
The School Behaviour Policy
The Life Bus
L4L (Learn for life)
Classroom Dojo points
Individual Freedom is promoted by:
The School Behaviour policy
The Golden Book
Mutual Respect is promoted by:
Topic based curriculum
Individual themed weeks (Black History Week / Sports Week etc)
School Values (Friendship, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Reverence)
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted by:
Topics (Diwali day)
HOPE work (anti-hate crime project)
PSHE / circle times
Positive relationships between pupils and staff
Y6 RE curriculum
PREVENT trained staff