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British Values

British Values at Ecchinswell and Sydmonton CE Primary School


Each year children decide upon their class rules and the rights and responsibilities associated with these.  All the children contribute to the drawing up of the rules.

The children elect two children from their class to represent them on the School Council. The children who wish to stand make posters and write a speech. This year, Basingstoke and Deane provided us with ballot boxes and booths to run our election properly. The School Council meets fortnightly and so far this year they have organised a Butega awareness afternoon and a fundraising for Children in Need. They report back to their class on school issues discussed in the meetings.  

We also elect House Captains.

Opportunities are provided to enable children to make collective choices for example electing a class treat, or a song in Worship, choosing a favourite charity for the Young Enterprise challenge and a class Learner of the Term.

The children regularly complete questionnaires and are encouraged to put forward their ideas about a range of ideas.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they are those that are followed in the class (through class rules), the school (Code of Conduct), or the country, are consistently reinforced at Ecchinswell and Sydmonton CE Primary School.

The children are taught  the school Code of Conduct, playground rules and safety rules.  Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken.  Visits from our local PCSO, the fire brigade and the bikeability team help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Ecchinswell and Sydmonton CE Primary School, 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 children to make informed choices, through a safe environment.  Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and they are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE  lessons.

Mutual Respect Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Mutual respect is at the heart of our school values.  Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

At Ecchinswell and Sydmonton CE Primary School, we believe diversity is a strength.  We promote diversity through our knowledge of different faiths and cultures.  Religious Education lessons and PSHE  lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.  Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.