Atlas Community Primary school is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
The school, as a “Community School”, accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British Law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by its governing body regarding equal opportunities, which guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any group or individual, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key “British Values” are taught in all UK schools. The Government sets out its definition of British values in the “Prevent Strategy”- values of:
- The rule of the law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the office and request to express your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at school is, unintentionally or otherwise, undermining these values, you should report this to the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.
How school promotes British Values
The list below samples a selection of when and where British Values are shared, the list is not exhaustive and only represents some of what we do.
Religious Education: Gaining a greater understanding of religious diversity and practises, this covers key religions represented in the UK. Planning for the subject is directed by the “Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) – Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Children have the opportunity to visits places of worship that are important to different to faiths. School actively promotes diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures
Whole school daily acts of collective worship/assembly: The sharing of stories, images, events, music and expectations that, with clarity and precision, promote the values expressed.
Physical Education: Promotion of the concept of “Fair play”, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.
School Council: Promotion of democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns. Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of influence and authority.
Curriculum: Interwoven within the curriculum in a range of curriculum areas are planned opportunities to teach the values of our society.
Geography: where we ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains, where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
History: Britain and its influence in modern times are aspects woven into our thematic topics
Music: study of British composers and their influence world wide
Art: study of how British artist influence others
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example:
- Choices about what learning challenge or activity to do
- Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities
- Choices about lunchtime options
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety, drug, relationship and PSHCE lessons.