At Kimpton Primary School we believe that we have a crucial role to play in actively promoting pupils acceptance of, and engagement with, fundamental British Values. In this way we are preparing them to play a full and active part in life in modern Britain. There are core values (K Factors) that are promoted consistently across the school and are the key areas we wish our pupils to leave our school with. These are: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Cooperation, Honesty and Positivity.
We promote democracy through our own school council with elected representatives for President, Vice-President and Class Ambassadors from each year group. All children are able to put themselves forward to their classmates. A ballot is held and pupils are voted for. All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils.
Furthermore, we have our Hub groups where children from Nursery England to six India meet regularly to discuss aspects of school life that affect them. The meetings are facilitated by year six pupils, building a strong sense of community and responsibility.
We promote the rule of law through having a set of clearly understood and consistently applied behaviour principles that are regularly reinforced through assemblies. We have ‘behaviour stages’, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted. children know the consequences of behaviour and will have the opportunity to discuss this with staff if a stage has been met. Each class uses these to create its own class charter that are agreed by all members of the class.
We promote mutual respect through our K Factors: Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Positivity and Cooperation. These values are regularly referred to in assemblies and that we expect to see modelled throughout the school by adults as well as children. Through Our Family Hub Groups, we support children to build relationships with those in other parts of the school. Pupils learn together in whole school theme days and through class pairing, for example in reading sessions. Older pupils support the play of younger pupils through our play leader scheme and pupils are supported to play cooperatively at lunchtimes through our play strategy.
We promote tolerance through the PSHE and RE curriculums where pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability and differences of family situations, such as young carers. We follow the Hertfordshire Agreed syllabus for RE and use the JIGSAW scheme for PSHE teaching.
We promote ideas of individual liberty by emphasising the importance of choice in many aspects of school life. For example pupils are encouraged to choose an appropriate level of challenge in many classroom learning activities. The recognition that behaviour is a personal choice is reinforced by all members of staff when praising good behaviour choices as well as when dealing with inappropriate behaviour choices. We use 'Going for Gold' assemblies to share children's successes including having 'stars of the week' in each year group to promote positive behaviour and attitudes to learning. The importance of people taking responsibility for their actions is regularly reinforced in classroom activities and in assemblies.
Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and are advised how to exercise these safely, e.g. through e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
We promote positive attitudes to those with different faiths and beliefs through a comprehensive programme of Religious Education which encompasses the five main world faiths, recognising the similarities, celebrating differences and seeking to learn from each other as well as those faiths that are not represented in our school. Where possible, we visit places of worship or invite representatives of different faiths, including children, to share their beliefs. We also explore cultures other than our own through immersing pupils in topics set in diverse cultures in Britain and abroad and through culturally based class identities where each class learns about their class country, i.e. Two Kenya.
We have also achieved the foundation level of the British Schools Council International Award, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education.