The Fundamental British Values

Please see below for an explanation of how British Values are taught within our curriculum and how they are recognised ad rewarded in school. 

British Values at Clapgate

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These values have been reinforced by the Department of Education in 2014, stating the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’ (DFE, 2014)
At Clapgate, we understand that the society we live in is diverse, and therefore our curriculum and life within school reflects this. For our children, we aim to continually weave the thread of the fundamental British Values throughout our day-to-day school life. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our assemblies, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education sessions. The values have always been an integral part of our school mission and values and are entwined within our five golden threads. 
The fundamental British values will be taught both explicitly and implicitly within our curriculum at all key stages. We have a reward system in place that develops children’s understanding of the meaning of democracy, law, liberty, respect and tolerance, and rewards children for showing positive attitudes, choices, and behaviours in the context of British Values.

British Values At Clapgate-  An Explanation

How are the children rewarded?

At Clapgate we have designed a unique reward system that challenges the children to collect all 5 British Values badges, in return for achieving a ‘special award’ badge that they are able to keep.
Each class has been given a set of badges and a pack of stickers representing each British Value. Our teachers can choose to award badges and stickers ‘as and when’ they feel appropriate. Children at Clapgate will wear the badge for a full day in school and then return it back to their class teacher.
As and when a child is awarded a badge, they will also be given a sticker to take home and show their parents. At Clapgate, we strongly value the need for parental involvement and we believe that all achievements should be shared between home and school. Stickers may also be used where teachers feel the need to award a group of children who may have shown a particular value or as ‘extras’ if the badge has already been awarded that day.
All children in school have an individual passports to record and track which badges they have collected. A set of our British Values posters are displayed in each classroom  as a visual reminder for the children, outlining each value and how they think in with our school’s golden threads. 
Our ‘Special Award’ badges are to be awarded to those children who have collected all 5 British Values badges within the academic year. ‘Special Award’ badges are for the children to keep and we love to celebrate any children who achieve this on our school newsletter. In addition to this, we have whole school display which is used to showcase the children who have achieved all 5 badges and it also includes other ‘stand out’ examples of behaviours /attitudes shown in line with the fundamental British Values.