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First Base PRU, Lowestoft

Promoting British Values at First Base

At First Base, we promote fundamental British values through our ethos, the curriculum, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We reinforce and promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through the use of our overarching golden rules, which form the backbone of our ethos in addition to our wider curriculum.

Democracy:

Every child at First Base has the right to be heard and the right to be treated equally and with respect. Democracy is an integral part of our school life. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Children have the opportunity to have their voices heard through circle time, check in, daily choices such as golden time and games played at play times and lunch times. To aid pupils with a voice we unable children through the use of comic strips to settle disputes and misunderstandings.

The rule of Law:

Every child has the right to be protected from harm and to be treated equally and with respect. The importance of laws/rules, whether they be those that apply to an individual, group or the school are consistently reinforced and linked to our six Golden rules. This in turn is connected to our behaviour policy. The unit has very good links with authorities such as the Police and Fire Service, who visit every year and help to reinforce the Rule of Law and how to keep safe.

Individual Liberty:

Within First Base, children 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 our children to make these choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. As part of our wider curriculum we plan in a number of safety weeks during the year. These have included beach safety, road safety, NSPCC talk pants scheme, Internet safety, sun safety, and water safety.

Mutual Respect:

Our ethos and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens. Many of the Core Values are connected to Mutual Respect. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Posters around the school promote these values and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as in our behaviour policy.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect. As an inclusive school we have drawn up an annual timetable of important religious festivals throughout the year. During these we encourage the children to identify similarities between faiths. Yom Kippur, Diwali, Mawlid al-Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad), Christingle, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Holi, Easter, Shrove Tuesday, and Id ul-fitr are examples of festivals celebrated at First Base recently.

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