At Ditton Church of England Junior School, we base everything we do around our key Christian values (Respect, responsibility, courage and empathy), all of which link in with the Government-defined British Values.
In 2014, the government set out plans for schools to teach and reinforce the importance of British Values. These British Values are defined as democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
At Ditton CE Junior School we treat each child with respect and we nurture and care for each of them as individuals, taking into account their different family backgrounds, beliefs and faiths. We believe it is vital for our children to understand and celebrate differences within their own community, as well as in the wider British and world community. PSHE and RE lessons, as well daily Collective Worship, provide valuable opportunities for these values to be explored further.
Democracy is an important value at Ditton CE Junior School. Our Pupil Leadership Team meet weekly to discuss whole school issues. The Pupil Leadership Team play a part in many aspects of school life including interviewing new members of staff and designing new areas of the school grounds. Leading lights are also chosen to lead Collective Worship relating to specific events such as charity days. Our House Captains are voted in by their House and they enhance the team spirit within the school. All our pupil groups ensure that all stakeholders are involved by feeding back to parents and governors about the work they have been doing. Pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to interview their local Member of Parliament and visit the Houses of Parliament to learn more about democracy in Great Britain
Rule of Law
All year groups have worked on a set of PSHE lessons based on the importance of the law and how it relates to their school community. British law is also incorporated into Collective Worship. Children are firmly involved in setting school and class rules and they all helped to adapt our behaviour policy to make it work for us as a school. A local magistrate visits Year 6 to talk about the legal system and how it works, as well as the role of the magistrate and the local PCSOs lead an annual assembly and work with pupils on the playground to help them understand the importance of playground rules and social behaviour, and how this extends to the world outside school.
At Ditton CE Junior School we feel it is important to prepare each child for the future and the choices they will need to make as they grow older. We encourage them to make sensible, independent choices, whilst working within the boundaries of the school rules; this includes when using technology. Children are able to exercise this freedom within the safety of the school environment. We allow children to make choices in their learning, in the extra-curricular clubs they choose and in the activities they participate in for themed days and events. We encourage children to respect the choices of others and behave in a way which does not infringe upon the individual liberty of others.
All of our children are encouraged to be courteous and respectful towards themselves, each-other, the school staff and all members of the school community. The children realise that it is important to show good manners and excellent behaviour both in and out of school; people often comment on how polite they are whilst on school trips and how well the children interact with each other whilst in school. In Religious Education pupils are encouraged to respect and take an interest in the beliefs and practises of a range of faiths and denominations. Through peer evaluation children learn to communicate respectfully with other children.