British Values at Sparkenhoe.

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 Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Sparkenhoe these values are reinforced regularly and we ensure they are addressed with teaching and learning opportunities.

Democracy

Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these, with all the children contributing. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a very effective and proactive 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. Classroom’s have a worry box, where children can express their views and concerns which are addressed by staff. When there are local, national and international elections or votes of significance, the children are made aware of the main manifestos. We have our own elections where children vote following canvassing by pupils or staff candidates. For example, mock elections have been held for the EU referendum, the general election and the US presidential election.

The Rule of Law.

The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is a concept that is regularly discussed in all classes 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.

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 these 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 SMSC 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.

Mutual Respect.

As a school mutual respect is at the heart of everything we do. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on others. With a multitude of different faiths, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, the emphasis on mutual respect pervades all our activities. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs.

At Sparkenhoe, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity. Assemblies are regularly planned that celebrate the diversity of our community and we regularly include stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our SMSC teaching reinforces this with celebration days, follow up work from assemblies and units of work that teach the children about other countries, cultures and religions. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit many places of worship that are important to different faiths. At Sparkenhoe we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture is an addition to our Connected Curriculum, to encourage the values and understanding needed to play a positive role in British and global society. With every topic taught there is a question to promote discussion with the class. The purpose is to bring in other elements to the classroom that widen the children’s understanding of the world in which they live in. 

Click the link below to see the themes and questions that link to our topics.

The Bigger Picture.pdf

 

Latest News
  • School Closure

    date posted: 03/07/20

    School is now closed for all children apart from vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

  • Risk Assessment

    date posted: 04/06/20

    The Coronavirus risk assessment is available to view in Information/Policies. Or click here.

  • Information

    date posted: 19/04/20

    For support, advice and information about free school meals see COVID-19 support section in the PARENT tab.

    For home learning activities see the HOME LEARNING section in the PARENT tab.

  • Information: Key Workers

    date posted: 19/04/20

    We are open only for children whose parents are key workers.

    Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

  • School Closure March

    date posted: 20/03/20

    It is with great sadness that we are closing today for most children. Thank you for all your support and kindness. Keep safe and we look forward to the time when we can open again.

  • Key Workers

    date posted: 20/03/20

    Please follow this link for guidance about who key workers are. If you think this is you please email the school office. Thank you.

  • Coronavirus

    date posted: 15/03/20

    All parents should have received letters from us about the latest guidance. Click on the link to read this and for further guidance from Public Heath England.

    Letter from school

    Coronavirus advice for educational settings

    Other information is available from both Public Health England and NHS websites.

  • PGL Residential

    date posted: 27/02/20

    The children had an amazing time at Caythorpes before the half term holiday, even though it was cold, wet and windy at times. The children had a go at so many new experiences such as quad bikes, climbing, zip wire, trapeze, trapeze and aero ball to name a few.

  • Letter Of Congratulations

    date posted: 27/02/20

    We received a lovely letter from our local MP, John Ashworth, to congratulate us on our Key Stage 2 results. Click here to read the letter.

  • School Starts

    date posted: 08/01/20
    School starts on Tuesday 7th January. We are all looking forward to another exciting term.
  • End of Term

    date posted: 20/12/19
    We've had a lovely end to the Autumn term with wonderful parties, pantomime visits and concerts. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday and we'll see you on Tuesday 7th January.
  • Half term

    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.
  • Half term

    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.
  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • France

    date posted: 11/04/19
    All the children and staff had a fantastic time in France. They loved every minute and it was a brilliant experience.
  • Year 2 trip

    date posted: 11/04/19
    Year 2 had a lovely day at Clipston. They made lots of new friends and are looking forward to meeting them again when Clipston visit us.
  • Year 4 Victorian Day

    date posted: 11/04/19
    Year 4 loved the Victorian Day at Beaumanor Hall. They all dressed up and experienced life as a Victorian. 
  • Easter

    date posted: 11/04/19
    School closes on Friday 12th April for the Easter holiday and opens again on Monday 29th April. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday.
  • Getting closer

    date posted: 10/03/19

     
    Getting ready to go through the Channel tunnel. France here we come.

  • Paris

    date posted: 10/03/19


    Everyone had a fantastic day in Paris. The children climbed to the top of The Eiffel Tower before visiting The Louvre to see The Mona Lisa. After tea at the Hard Rock Cafe, they toured the city. A brilliant day.

  • Disney Land

    date posted: 10/03/19


    The day at Disney Land started with breakfast with the Disney characters. This was followed by rides in the park. The children loved the parade and the fireworks and laser display. Everyone is very happy but tired.

  • World Book Day

    date posted: 08/03/19
    Twelve Year 4 children had a wonderful day at the King Power stadium taking part in World Book Day activities with LCFC. We had some amazing potato book characters in school and the children loved hearing the teachers favourite stories.
  • Paris here we come

    date posted: 08/03/19
    Forty three very excited children set off for Paris early this morning. They can't wait to get there and are looking forward to enjoying a day seeing the sights in Paris and a visit to Disneyland.