At Fishponds CE Academy, British values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Democracy is embedded at our school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council, in Circle Time, PSHE and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members and members of the Collective Worship group are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has three rules, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. All the children understand our rules and know that they are necessary to ensure that everyone is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Within school, pupils 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices and to understand the consequences of those choices.
Respect is one of the core values of our school, a value which was chosen by the whole school community and the most important for the children. Our pupils were fully involved in the creation of our values in September 2015 and they are deeply embedded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at Fishponds CE Academy underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance of those who have different Faiths and Beliefs
Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. As a diverse inner city Primary school, with many faiths and backgrounds and religions - and those of no faith, Fishponds CE Academy enhances tolerance and pupils' understanding of different faiths and beliefs through a huge range of activities and by the very nature of how we interact with each other. This could be through religious education studies, P.S.H.E. work, visits to other schools in different settings, joining in celebrations such as Diwali, Eid and themed cultural weeks where we welcome and celebrate our differences and similarities as a school family.
Beliefs, traditions and customs of other faiths are studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society