British Values and Democracy
Our values make us what we are. As a country, the United Kingdom has a long, rich history of integration and cooperation, something we wish to reflect in our school. Therefore, being aware of our British Values and promoting them across the school is an important part of our daily life here at Tetney.
One of the most obvious examples of our promotion of British Values is our use of democracy; and here at Tetney Primary School we take democracy very seriously! It is a key British value and central element of our everyday lives. Therefore, as a school, we have put in place a number of opportunities each year to demonstrate the democratic process of voting and the positive benefits this can bring.
The School Council
The School Council this year is made up of 15 councillors from all classes. 2 children from each class, plus 5 from Year 6 are elected to represent their class on the school council for the year. They have input into many aspects of school life. Councillors take ideas and suggestions from teachers, pupils and parents on issues such as fundraising, new school equipment and celebration events and vote on behalf of their class as to what they’d like to do.
When a new pupil starts our school they become not only a valued member of Tetney Primary School, but also a member of one of our four House Teams. Each team is named after an inspirational sportsperson.
- Ennis – named after Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis. They are the blue team.
- Farah – named after double Olympic champion runner Mo Farah. They are the red team.
- Simmonds – named after double Paralympic champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds. They are the green team.
- Weir – named after the 6 time Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir. They are the yellow team.
At the start of the school year in September, members of Year 6 volunteer to represent their team. They write and deliver a speech to the rest of their team stating why they want to be the House Captain and what qualities they can bring to the role. When all those wishing to become House Captain have given their speech to their team, a vote is taken on who they think is best for the role. The person with the most votes becomes Captain and the second most votes Vice Captain.
Tolerance and Understanding of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Being in a rural, farming community, it is important for us as a school to promote the knowledge and understanding of people from other cultures and belief systems. Therefore as a school we use subjects such as Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education to broaden our children’s awareness and appreciation of people and communities we might not ordinarily come across in our daily lives. This helps us to be aware of life outside our village and the opportunities and interests that the wider world offers.
Rule of Law
At Tetney we have a set of rules which are part of our daily lives. These clear structures allow children, parents and staff to know what the rewards for good behaviour are and what the consequences of poor behaviour will be. As a school we are keen to celebrate achievement, but also ensure that children are given the opportunity to reflect upon and consider the outcome of any poor conduct. As a result standards of behaviour at Tetney are very high, which allows our children to thrive and enjoy at school all the more.
Children at Tetney Primary School have choice and freedom in their both their learning and their play. As a school we promote independence and the freedom to make choices. This creates an environment where children are proactive and inclusive, able to work and play as individuals or in a range of different groups. Teaching children to make the right choices is central to our role as a school.
Promotion of all of the above British Values has a clear, combined outcome: mutual respect. At Tetney Primary School we respect each other. Whether teacher or student, we respect each other’s ideas and beliefs and work hard to ensure that every member of the school is comfortable to show and express their thoughts, safe in the knowledge they will be listened to and respected. This creates a culture of openness and enthusiasm, where children and staff alike work hard and achieve good results.
We use a planned series of assemblies to promote our values as both a school and a country. To celebrate our achievements, once a week on a Friday we invite parents and relatives into the school to join us in an achievement assembly where we reflect on the positive outcomes of the week both at home and at school. Our achievement assemblies are always well attended and reflect the prominent role our school has in the local community.