Promoting Fundamental British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in our nursery to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

Children are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

How this is done at Cottam Nursery School

Actively promoting British values through:

Focusing on and showing how the Nursery work is effective in securing these values.  Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values.  Here is a summary of what we do to support British Values:-

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide children with an age appropriate broad general knowledge of and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
  • Encourage children to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in nursery.
  • Help children to express their views.
  • Model and encourage children to resolve their own conflicts.
  • Discussion time and discussion groups.

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure nursery rules and expectations are clear and fair.
  • Nursery rules and celebration of adhering to these rules.
  • Help children to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Help children to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
  • Discuss and engage in various roleplay occupations.

Individual liberty – what do we do?

  • Support children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as valuing their rights and the rights of others.
  • Model freedom of speech through children participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promote discussions of questions, thoughts, feelings etc..
  • Challenge stereotypes and provide good role modelling.
  • E-Safety through nursery.
  • Staff to complete online PREVENT Duty training.

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences.
  • Help children to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Discuss various places of worship.
  • Celebrate various faiths and beliefs in an age appropriate way.
  • Learning to disagree in a respectful way.
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills.