Throughout our Academic and Professional Development sessions, we have looked Fundamental British values and ways this can be taught and discussed in a class room.
Values are – attitude/belief regarding what you think is intrinsically good and contributes to our own/others well being.
TS 2012 – not to undermine fundamental British values’
FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH VALUES
- The rule of law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs.
Why is Britain multicultural?
- Britain had a lot of power in the past owning many countries in the world
- Many faiths and beliefs are in Britain due to this ^
Children gain their ideas from media and appearance – children need to be taught that regardless of their beliefs and appearance this does not distinguish someone is not British.
What will make an individual British, children can explore this and this would be a starting point regarding children’s ideas towards being British and the values.
- Loss and nostalgia
- shared values of Britishness are synonymous with a strong society
Boundaries to this:
Children are able to discuss what they believe regarding diversity and Britishness and convey their ideas about this. Teachers need to elicit this to then provide fundamental British values and discuss the aspects around this.
Britain = multicultural society
Difference seen as a threat
INCLUSIVE NOTIONS AND IMAGES OF BRITISHNESS
Society come together via identifying British values which all should adhere to
How am I going to use this on placement?
History and debates can support children in learning about British values. Debates can show children how the laws and ideas regarding British values come about.
Schools will have values and ethos and this is a beginning of informing children of values which should be embedded through out the school.
Equality, diversity and bullying policies should be embedded throughout the school and this will be breaching and learning of British values.
Information regarding Rue of Law Value
- Discuss the importance of school, class and country laws, as well as rules when dealing with behaviour.
- Invite visitors from local police to explore pupils’ understanding of the responsibilities held by various professions.
- Ensure a consistently applied Behaviour Policy is shared with the children and visible in all areas of the school.
- Create trained buddies, who operate on the playground to support children and help them.
- Recognise pupils who are modelling behaviour consistent with the school’s high expectations and ensure that they are seen as role models to others.
- Ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong.
- Collaborate with the children to create the rules and codes of behaviour and ensure that all young people understand that rules apply to everyone.
- Visit local law courts to learn how they work, or arrange a visit from a magistrate.
- Use Crown Prosecution Service resources to enable pupils to learn about the criminal justice system.
During this seminar we created a block of sessions around FBV.