We Are Young Citizens
We believe that the British values as defined by the DfE are not confined to Britain! Many other countries share these values, but we also teach that there are other countries which do not. 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.
Our voices (Democracy)
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. This ranges from children voting for the story they want to her at the end of the day, to classroom debates.
We have a school council which meets regularly. Years 2 - 6 each have four school council members, all of whom are voted for by the children. Reception and Year 1 also have their views represented. Issued raised are discussed at whole class level.
Children regularly discuss their learning with subject leaders and safeguarding with the headteacher.
Rules matter (The rule of law)
The children understand our school rules of "ready, respectful, safe" and why they are important.
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 (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.
Respecting each other (Mutual respect)
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.
We teach the children to respect the opinions of others even if they are not in agreement.
Celebrations of faiths and cultures (Respect and tolerance)
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 teching about rights teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
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.