We Are Young Citizens
We believe that the British values as defined by the DfE are not confined to Britain! We actively promote and teach values which will lead to children becoming active and responsible citizens in a global community.
Leaders and staff are committed to teaching pupils how to be well prepared citizens. Children speak enthusiastically about how they can make positive changes to the world.
Pupils have a sophisticated understanding of international issues such as human rights. Staff teach values such as equality, dignity and respect very well. We saw pupils demonstrating these values consistently across the school.
Children actively learn about, and take part in democratic processes.
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. Two of the three council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Each term the children in years 2-6 are able to nominate and vote for children to achieve an “excellence certificate”.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
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.
Freedom for everyone
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.
Respecting each other
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. 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.
Celebrations of faiths and cultures
We celebrate different faiths and beliefs rather than tolerate them! Cranbourne is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths
At Cranbourne we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental values, including ‘extremist’ views, and those which discriminate against any group or individual.