At Barley Fields Primary we understand that the society we live in is diverse and therefore, our curriculum and life within school should reflect this.

For our pupils, we aim to continually weave the thread of social, cultural, moral and spiritual British values throughout day to day school life. Underpinning this are the values and understanding of democracy, law, liberty, respect, tolerance, tradition and heritage.

The ‘Equality Act 2010’ protects all individuals from discrimination and it is the schools duty to ensure that all individuals have equal access and opportunity to all that is on offer.

Funding, including that for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged pupils, is used to target inequalities, to ensure equality.

At Barley Fields Primary School these values are promoted and reinforced regularly in the following ways:

DEMOCRACY

Democracy is embedded at the 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. This takes place on a daily basis as a part of the general running of the school and during assemblies and class discussions where it will be a specific focus

THE RULE OF LAW

The importance of the law, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are constantly reinforced at Barley Fields Primary School.

Children are taught from a very early age the rules of the school. These are the School Rules, The Playground Rules and the Safety Rules. Each class will discuss and set its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.

Children are taught the value and reason behind the rules and laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when the laws are broken. Visits from other agencies such as Fire, Police and Ambulance Services help to reinforce this message

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Our children 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 young pupils to make informed choices. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHCE lessons.

Our children are encouraged to give their opinions and share these ideas with due regard for the feelings of others. As part of our PSHCE curriculum we place a huge emphasis on the social and emotional learning of our children and feel we send them off to secondary school as well rounded individuals. We celebrate achievements both in and out of school during assemblies, through the use of certificates and stickers and through direct contact with parents and carers

TOLERANCE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS

We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. Throughout school life the children are encouraged to discuss differences between people such as their faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality. They also discuss differences in family life such as looked after children or young carers.

BRITISH TRADITIONS AND HERITAGE

We celebrate the role of Britain both historically and in the present. We want pupils to have knowledge of and be proud of their British heritage and the cultural and historical traditions that we are renowned for the world over. This involves celebrating Royal events, Remembrance Day, festivals such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter (alongside those from other cultures such as Eid, Diwali and Chinese New Year, for example). We visit the local church and mosque. The children visit places of cultural significance such as Beamish, Eden Camp, a local forestry school and Arbeia.

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