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Democracy is rife within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council, Pupil Parliament and Pupil Questionnaires. Each year a number of year 5 pupils are voted in to become school ministers during their time in year 6. It is their job to consult with classes on key motions for the development of our school. These motions are then voted on firstly by the ministers who agree 2 per term to take forward to parliament. Arguments are posed for and against each motion and the children take a secret, silent vote for or against the motion. The motion is then taken back to the school SLT and staff to investigate feasibility. Wherever possible, the actions which are passed are implemented. Our school council is involved in interviews of senior staff in the school including the new Headteacher.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind 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; Lifeguards etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, 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 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 are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Circle Time, E-Safety and PSHCE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, whether it be choice of activity, of method of recording work, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs school events or in our numerous fundraising activities.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based on the Core Values such as ‘Respect’, responsibility, kindness and caring. We focus on rules and sanctions which reward good behaviour towards others. Pupils are part of discussions, assemblies and circle times relating to what ‘Respect’ means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
In our school we have pupils and staff with diverse family heritages. We encourage our children to share this with us and recognize how rich this makes our school community. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We celebrate the festivals of the major faiths and those represented in our school. We have a number of children who opt out of assemblies in accordance with their religion. We have diversity days when other cultures and religions are celebrated.