At Bentinck, we want aim for our children to develop the skills and attitudes that will allow them to contribute positively to life in modern Britain. This involves the children’s acceptance and engagement with fundamental British values of:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
At Bentinck, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their ideas heard through discussions. House Captains meet to share their thoughts and those of their class peers.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days.
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.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts.
Individual Liberty :
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and a planned curriculum.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely e.g. The GREAT’ Project teaches Year 6 about healthy relationships.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core values, such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’, and these values determine how we live as a community. Our curriculum teaches significant people in history and respect for different cultures/beliefs.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Bentinck is proud to be a multicultural school serving a diverse community. There are currently over 39 different languages spoken in school. Our RE, PSHE and collective worship are planned to teach about different faiths/beliefs enhancing pupils’ understanding.