Promoting British Values at Cupernham Junior School
The Government reiterated the importance of schools promoting British Values in 2014 and at Cupernham Junior School we uphold these values in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies. British Values are integral to our school Vision: Dream, Believe, Achieve and the children at Cupernham Junior School enjoy learning about their rights and responsibilities, as we help prepare them for adult life.
Cupernham Junior School reinforce and promote British Values in the following ways:
At the start of every year, each class creates a class charter. The children collectively decide on classroom rules during PSHE lessons and circle time sessions, which enables the children to hold themselves, and others, to account for inappropriate actions. Every child and adult working in the class signs the charter and it is regularly referred to throughout the school year.
We also have a School Council with representatives from each of the 12 classes. Each child prepares a speech and is then voted in by their peers. The School Council meets regularly to discuss issues across the school and feedback solutions and ideas to their classmates. The pupil voice can also be seen through children in role as class ambassadors, house captains, sports captains, school ambassadors as well as other responsibilities in Year 6 such as looking after the school environment as a Green Hat, or helping people to play together nicely at break times as a Red Hat.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, including those in the classroom, the wider school and that govern the country, is consistently reinforced at Cupernham Junior School throughout the school day. The rule of law is also reinforced through our behaviour policy which gives children the opportunity to make better decisions when given a warning; it is their responsibility, with our support, to turn the situation around. E-safety is also a very important part of our curriculum in ensuring that children follow rules and guidance to keep safe when working online.
Our school motto: Dream, Believe, Achieve is at the heart of everything we do. At Cupernham Junior School pupils are supported in developing a growth mindset to enjoy being challenged in their work and to have high aspirations for themselves. Pupils are regularly encouraged to make their own choices whether that is a learning challenge, or which carousel club to choose for example; they know they are in a safe and supportive environment. Through our PSHE lessons, children learn about their rights and responsibilities and are advised on how to carry them out safely. Every year we support a number of charities. Every year, children can choose how involved they want to be in various charity events with Children in Need day as a particular focus. Many carry out sponsored events, come to school in non-uniform and enjoy donating their pocket money.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Everyone in our school community (children, staff, governors and parents) treat each other with respect. Assembly themes are planned to include not only our school values, but also to teach children about stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE lessons also reinforce the importance of learning about, and developing respect for the cultural diversity of Britain. Members of our school are encouraged to share their beliefs to enhance out learning, and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship on school trips. Respect is very important to us at Cupernham Junior School and we will challenge pupils, staff and parents who express opinions contrary to fundamental British values.