Ashbourne Primary is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this either directly or through stories from other faiths and cultures. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we have developed a philosophy of Learning without Limits and the children have opportunities to make choices in lessons about their learning challenges. The children also have opportunities to select their own areas of study through discussion and a class vote.
On a more general level, the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within PSHE and RE lessons and on an informal nature throughout the school days. Our ‘big’ RE days are a successful way of promoting respect and tolerance of different beliefs and focus on ‘big’ questions.
Our school has a successful school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by pupils. The council meets with the governing body and is given a small budget. The school councillors are voted for by class members. In addition, our school has a peer buddy system to promote peer support and restorative practises. They promote the rule of law and mutual respect.
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.
At Ashbourne Primary, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.