British Values

In addition to our Jewish values, we aim to promote British values at Gesher School.  We do this to ensure our pupils leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

The Key British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Gesher School reflects these values in all that we do.  We nurture our children on their journey through life so that they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults, who make a positive difference to British society and to the world.

We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in school, the local community and wider world.

How do we do this?

Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its laws.

We teach these British values through assemblies, class trips and visits, visiting speakers, our curriculum, in school elections and community links.

Democracy

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services.
  • Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
  • Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain.
  • Teach pupils the history of democracy, such as through different events and celebrations for example: Black history month, inspirational women in history.
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school.
  • Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view (KS2).
  • Help pupils to express their views, through PSHEE lessons and Circle Time.

Rule of law

  • Ensure school values and expectations are clear and fair.
  • Create a Class Charter in each class by the pupils, linked to our school’s core values.
  • Use of praise and reward to promote positive consequences.
  • Use of sanction to encourage pupils to take ownership of own behaviour.
  • teach children to distinguish right from wrong, drawing parallels between rule breaking and behaviour management at school and in society generally.
  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
  • Include visits from people from the community involved in the law. Eg. Police

Individual liberty

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Strong focus on pupils developing own self-discipline by replacing rules with values – supporting children to adopt them independently.
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence.
  • Challenge stereotypes.
  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture – The Gesher School Kindness code has been created and can be accessed by all children in the event of bullying.
  • E-Safety lessons during ICT.
  • The extra-curricular activities on offer encourage pupils to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport, reading etc.

Respect and tolerance

  • Promote respect for individual differences.
  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life, through the PSHEE curriculum and Jewish Studies curriculum.
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Organise visits to places of worship.
  • Develop links with faith and other communities, working alongside children and their families.
  • Learning to disagree in a respectful way.
  • Develop critical personal thinking skills.