Teaching British Values at Cooper and Jordan:
As a school we have a responsibility to teach and promote British values. Most important are the “values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” Our SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) curriculum is embedded in many aspects of teaching and learning.
Whilst understanding the finer details of the political system in Britain is more suitable to secondary education, we introduce children to the concept of democracy through a variety of methods. Decision making is encouraged through voting in classes, where children experience concepts such as majority and collaboration. Every year, the children are asked to consider standing for the school council and will make a speech to their class. The classes then discuss openly the aspects of school life that need to be represented there. We are proud of our British history, celebrating royal events and we fly a national flag at the front of school as a symbol of belonging to our wider society. A Year 6 visit to parliament has included a tour from our local MP of the buildings and their heritage.
The Rule of Law
Within our school, there are a number of important rules. We have adopted a very positive format for behaviour management that rewards good behaviour, putting the responsibility of keeping rules in the hands of the child. Pupils are also aware of the consequences of not keeping rules, based on the use of yellow and red cards.
During PSHE work, rules are investigated so children are safe. There are many discussions about how rules can keep us safe e.g. “Bikeability” and we involve services from the community such as the Police to share the importance of rule keeping.
Pupils are encouraged to make good choices both in classrooms and areas such as the dinner hall! We provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and encourage them to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. We focus on safety and discuss issues such as E-safety and how to stay safe when out in the local community.
Our Christian ethos includes much teaching on supporting others and showing respect. Assemblies often focus on elements of these themes and teaching in RE lessons supports the importance of knowing and understanding the views of those who are different from ourselves. Children are very well mannered at Cooper and Jordan and we pride ourselves on the positive impressions that others have of our children.
Year 6 study World War 2 and we lead the local community through poetry and prayer at the commemorations on Armistice day.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Although we are a Christian School, we have children who attend from a variety of backgrounds, which enriches our culture. We actively promote diversity, tolerance and respect through our teaching and learning in PSHE and RE. We take children into the faith community to experience varied cultures, such as a Sikh Gurdwara. We focus on the negative effects on bullying during anti-bullying week and children know the importance in accepting people for who they are.