As a school community it is important to enrich the children’s understanding of their heritage, both local and national, engage them with what’s going on in and around the world and to encourage them to voice an opinion and to see themselves as citizens of the world and the decision makers of the future.
At Russell Scott, we think it very important that our pupils develop a strong set of values and principles, and that they question and understand what it means to grow up in British society. Through a rich and challenging humanities curriculum and through a focus on key events in British History – such as the creation of Magna Carta which is celebrating its eight-hundredth anniversary this year, the commemoration of the Great Wars, celebrating Harvest amongst others – we support pupils to understand who we are as a country whilst reflecting upon their role in a diverse, multicultural and multi faith society.
As a school we aim:
- To create a high expectation and success culture
- Provide opportunities for children to dream, explore, discover and express themselves creatively
- Demonstrate care and respect for ourselves, others and the environment
- Establish a high quality, technology based individual learning programme for all
- Promote cohesion between school, home and the community
- Provide challenge and support for all to reach their potential
- Build leadership in depth by providing opportunities for everyone to reflect, innovate and create an exciting learning community
These aims are reflected in our six Key Principles… Everyone can shine; Healthy School, healthy lifestyle; Together we can make a difference; One world, one family; Memories shape our futures and Reach high, Go far that underpin our philosophy as we work with your child through their journey at Russell Scott
All schools should 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. At Russell Scott we didn’t have to do anything different than we have always done as British values are lived through the school’s ethos and values and are a meaningful, character-building part of the work the school already does.
Our curriculum at Russell Scott provides many opportunities for discussing and promoting British values. We are already addressing these through subjects such as personal, social, and health education (PSHE) SMSC and RE.
For instance our curriculum involves discussions about friendship and how we treat our friends. There are natural connections between this and the British values around mutual respect equipping children with a mature, respectful and sensitive appreciation for difference and diversity. Children vote on their class representative on the School Council. In particular we use assemblies and collective worship sessions to address how British values are relevant to all our children and where we can celebrate our heritage and home cultures whilst also embracing the ties that bind us together.
Ultimately our challenging curriculum enables children to recognise the valuable role that they play as emerging citizens in British society and the role they will play as the future decision makers of our country.