At Listerdale Junior Academy we recognise the importance and duty of preparing children for life in modern Britain and that everyone has a duty to actively promote values that are an integral part of 21st century British society. These core British Values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values were first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.
We encourage children, parents, governors, teaching and support staff to show respect, kindness and consideration to all. We learn with and from one another; creating a school environment which nurtures the whole child and enables each one of us to realise their full potential. At Listerdale Junior Academy these values are taught, promoted and reinforced regularly. We discuss British Values explicitly in weekly whole school assemblies, and we study one in depth each half-term, we also promote and reinforce core British Values in the following ways.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each class and year group are voted in by their class members. Please click here to find our more about our school council.
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Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services
Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process
Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school
Use conscious ally, and other drama techniques, so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
Help pupils to express their views
Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged
The Rule of Law -
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Listerdale. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our School Rules, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Road Safety Officers help reinforce this message. We also have our own intrinsic drivers called Listerdale Magic these are personal attributes that we follow to make our school a safe, happy and harmonious place to be and learn.
Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair
Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong
Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made
Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws
Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts
At Listerdale Junior Academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and RSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra- curricular clubs and opportunities or their choice of lunch time meal, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
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Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights
Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
We also celebrate children's personal achievements in school and share the talents that make them who they are.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other and the envrionment with respect. Dojo points are used to promote children showing high levels of respect to towards other children and property and all children represent a house. We have a weekly celebration assembly where children receive a reward for showing Listerdale Magic or a Golden Wall award for excellent learning.
Pupils take part in a wide variety of events throughout the year to celebrate different religions and cultures.