Fundamental British Values
At Walsh Memorial C of E Infant School we teach children the Fundamental British Values alongside our Christian Values of Community, Love and Perseverance. We learn about these through Collective worship and learning time in class.
- Democracy describes our national electoral system and the skills needed to participate in it successfully. Democracy relies on listening to the needs of everyone and adapting a decision until the vast majority agree. Not every need and not every person can be accommodated all the time. The democratic process requires rigorous thinking, perspective-taking, patience, and understanding. We have active ‘voting’ in school for stories, buying items for our classes and ideas from school council.
- Individual liberty is the right of British citizens to make choices regarding the elements of their life that are outside of government control. This refers to freedom of speech and the right to make choices about our education, food, beliefs, opinions, work, family, etc. Through our school council we ensure that our children have a chance to share their ideas and how we can all make a difference in our world for the better.
- The rule of law refers to creating an attitude of accountability and respect towards the laws and rules of institutions and nation-states. We know our school rules that we call our Golden Promises and why it is important to have rules at school and in our community and wider world. Our Golden Promises are ‘Be safe, Be ready and Be kind.’
- Mutual respect and tolerance is an attitude that recognises and respects the individual liberty of others – even if their choices, lifestyle and beliefs are ones you don’t agree with or like. This is a British Value that we focus on during Anti Bullying week where we celebrate ‘It is good to me and I am special and unique and it’s good to be different.’