At Buglawton, we make opportunities to reinforce and promote the fundamental British values as defined by the government as:
- Democracy – our children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. The children elect School Council and Eco Representatives at the beginning of each year. Our representatives meet regularly and feedback to their peers information about the issues that have been raised. A recent focus has been developing our school ‘Be’ statements that will be displayed in the hall. Our pupils are also encouraged to complete a pupil questionnaire every year where they can put forward their views of our school. This year our Head boy and girl, Joe and Hannah, visited the Houses of Parliament and fed back what they learnt to a whole school assembly.
10th February 2017
- Today we were excited and privileged to receive a visit from the Mayor of Congleton, Mr David Brown. Our head girl and boy, Hannah and Joe gave Mr Mayor a tour around all the classes and the children were able to get a closer look at his robes and chain of office.
- Mr Mayor then joined the whole school in their ‘Stars on Stage’ assembly where he explained his role in the community and the importance of Democracy in the wider world.
“I loved meeting Mr Brown and liked it when he showed us how his robes all come apart and back together again.” (Year 3)
“He told us how important our school council was and that could help to make decisions for the whole school. I want to be on the school council next year.” (Year 5)
Junior Council Meeting – Congleton Town Hall, 23rd November 2016
On Wednesday 23rd November, the head boy and girl (Hannah and Joe) and the School Council Representatives from Year 6 (Ruth and Drew) attended a Junior Council Meeting at Congleton Town Hall with other local primary schools.
They were welcomed by the Town Mayor, Mr David Brown, and quickly elected a Junior Mayor and Deputies for the day and contributed to a social media workshop with Councillor George Hayes.
Afterwards they were split into groups to brainstorm their likes and dislikes about Congleton and what ideas they had for improving it. After a lively debate, Congleton Paddling Pool was voted the facility in most need of change and improvement.
A fantastic example of our children directly involved in the democratic process.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to attend the meeting. We had an amazing taste of what it would be like to be a part of Congleton’s Counselling Body.” (Ruth, Hannah, Drew, Joe, Year 6)
General Election Fever!!!
On 7th June 2017 a whole school assembly was delivered to explain the exciting and democratically important event of the General Election being held on 8th June.
To mirror the General Election, Buglawton held their own democratic election process to elect our new Head boy and Head girl for the next academic year.
The candidates gave an assembly to outline their attributes and reasons for wanting the position.
After due consideration, every pupil came to the hall to cast their vote into the ballot box. The process was organised, monitored and verified by our School Council.
The votes were counted as quickly as possible and the results were announced in the afternoon good work assembly…….Congratulations to Robbie McCloud, Lily-Mae Lowe, Tyler Clarke and Maddie Heys.
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION!!!
“I was so excited to know who everyone had voted for, but the girl I voted for didn’t get it” (Year 3)
“I think it’s good that we all get the chance to decide on who will be the Head boy and girl, rather than the teachers doing it.” (Year 5)
- The Rule of Law – we teach our pupils the importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country. These are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days to promote excellent 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.
- Rule of Law Assembly, 1st December 2016, Mr Trevor Higgins, Crewe Magistrate
- Mr Trever Higgins, a Magistrate from Crewe Courts, delivered our whole school assembly on 1st Dec 2016 as part of our British Values learning.
- He talked to us about his fascinating role as a Magistrate in Crewe, why it is important to uphold the British Rule of Law and how the British Legal System differs from Europe or America.
- On 2nd November as we returned from our half term break, Mrs Thomas gave a whole school assembly with the value of ‘Rule of Law’ as her theme. The children played a game of snakes and ladders and found out just how important rules are to make games fair and enjoyable for everyone! A discussion about school rules and rules in the community and wider society gave the children an opportunity to consider the importance of this value and how it affects us all.
- 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. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge or participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
- This year, as part of our ongoing learning about British Values, we were delighted to welcome Mr David Maidment from Amnesty International on 2nd November who discussed ‘individual liberty’ with the children. David explained about how important it is that the Right’s of all children in Britain and abroad are known about and that we try to help all children to have those Right’s met. The children saw at first hand what it was like to have to sleep in a cardboard box or carry water for 1 mile every day. We discussed the freedom’s which we enjoy here in Britain, and reflected on what it must feel like to have these freedom’s taken away.
” I really liked the assembly but it made me a bit sad to think about the girl sleeping in the railway without a mum or a dad.” (Year 3)
” I had heard of Amnesty International but I didn’t know what it did. Now I know a bit more.” (Year 5)
“I liked it when she had to carry the bucket of water – it looked really hard work.” (Year 1)
11/11/16 – Armistice Day
This year we, as a whole school, have been thinking of our Individual Liberties – the freedoms and rights which we enjoy – and how we owe much of this to the service men and women who serve in the British military forces to protect our country and work towards a more peaceful world.
All classes contributed towards creating a wreath for the British Legion, and our Deputy Head boy and girl laid the wreath alongside the Mayor of Congleton at the Armistice Memorial Service.
- Mutual respect – 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. We actively encourage our pupils to reflect on not only their own learning journey but the learning of others. As a school we encourage respect, support and challenge through verbal, written and assembly feedback. All members of the school community are encouraged to treat each other with respect.
Anti-Bullying Day 16th November 2016
As part of anti-bullying week, Buglawton arranged a range of activities and learning opportunities for the whole school to be involved with. KS1 and KS2 split into their school teams and had the chance to work with children and staff other than their own class.
Two PCSO’s from Congleton Police Force delivered our whole school assembly where they discussed what bullying is, how it affects children and adults, why it might happen and what to do if it happens to us.
The British Value of MUTUAL RESPECT was reflected upon throughout the day.
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs – Buglawton school 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 Religious Education teaching and learning, as part of the National Curriculum, promotes the importance of learning about, celebrating the similarities and being respectful of the differences of all faiths