At Teagues Bridge we agree with the Department for Education’s five part definition of British Values:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We believe it is incredibly important that these British Values permeate through every school in the country. At Teagues Bridge you will encounter these values throughout our everyday school life.
Our values are underpinned in our school creed which correlates with our British Values. Below is just a snap shot of how we promote these values in our school community:
Pupil voice plays a big part in life at Teagues Bridge. Our pupil elected school council play a strong role in our school. They are elected by their class peers; they provide a manifesto and present this to their class. We have a class election, where we using polling cards and ballot boxes. They are involved in making Teagues Bridge a better place to learn. We also have a head boy and girl, they are interviewed by the previous head boy and girl, and they are instrumental in being the pupil voice for others. Pupils have input in their learning and what they would like to learn which promotes pupil voice. For example, the pupils decide as a class how they would like to learn certain skills in subjects and this is used to inform the teacher’s planning. Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
We invest a lot of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks are often left for the child to decide upon. We encourage children to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our E-Safety, philosophy and PSHE sessions, we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. We have a debating society each half term; all children are involved and have the freedom to voice their opinions in global topics. At Teagues Bridge we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Tolerance of different faiths and Religions
We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. Parents and leaders of different faiths are welcomed to the school to share their beliefs, while we also visit different places of worship. We have a festival of the month throughout the year. Each class learns about the religion, culture and life around that festival, this is displayed in the main hall. At Teagues Bridge we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future
Rule of the law
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind rules and the consequences if rules are broken. Our ‘behaviour panel’, which is pupil led, provides pupils with the responsibility to make mature choices about suitable consequences for the negative behaviour of their peers. Through philosophical enquiry in our philosophy lessons, we allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the Rule of Law for our pupils.
Our school creed states: ‘I know that I will accept and appreciate differences in those different than myself’
In a school with have different languages and ethnic groups, our pupils learn together with absolute respect for each other. We change learning partners weekly and every pupil knows that we respect and appreciate each other; no matter what differences may exist. We provide opportunities for all ethnic groups to socialise at our dinner-time cinema club. We refer to each year group as a ‘Team’, reinforcing that ‘Together Everybody Achieves More’. Mutual respect is at the core of our school life.