British Values

The DfE have reinforced 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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."

The school's own values system echoes the five main areas associated with British values and there are many opportunities to cover specific concepts in subjects such as PSHE, Geography, R.E. and P.E.   

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014).  At Robertswood these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.

Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The school's own values system echoes the  five main areas associated with British values and there are many opportunities to cover specific concepts in subjects such as PSHE, Geography, R.E. and P.E.  

The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Trained Housecaptains act as playground leaders and operate on the playground to support children and help them.

Individual Liberty
Within school, pupils 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 choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
The curriculum is based on this involvement of children in their learning so that they are aware and responsible for improving their knowledge and understanding in specific subjects.
Mutual Respect
Mutual respect is at the heart of our value system at Robertswood. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
An Anti-Bullying week is held annually and various well-being events are held across the year. During these sessions, children are taught to value differences in others and themselves and to respect others
As art of the Dr Challoners Sporting Partnership, children at Robertswood participate in across County and local sports events. These ensure children experience competitive events and have an opportunity to apply their sportsmanship skills with other schools.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The school follows the Buckinghamshire RE syllabus which ensures that the children learn about all the religions of the world. Representatives from local churches visit the school for community performances and talks to the children in assemblies; these talks coincide with main events occurring in the Christian calendar such as advent. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Robertswood, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.