British Values

We are proud of our strong 'Values Curriculum' at Woodside Primary School as everything is underpinned by our school values.
It is a school-wide expectation that every member of our school conducts themselves with pride and models these values for others.  Values-led learning is enhanced and developed through Personal, Social, Moral and Health (PSHE) education but it is interwoven into everything we do in our school community, aiming to have an aspect of spiritual, moral, social or cultural reflection in every lesson.  We believe that this deepens self - confidence, appreciation, empathy, respect and understanding of others each and evey day.
 
Schools are now required to show that they are actively promoting British values.  The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.  These values of:  Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
 
Democracy
We actively encourage democracy at Woodside, running a successful and popular School Council.  Each class has two representatives and they meet regularly with the deputy headteacher to discuss how to improve the school.  A termly action plan is written by the School Council which is reviewed for its impact at the end.  
To enhance this further, all children are asked to complete a questionnaire annually where they can put forward their ideas and views about the school.
 
The Rule of Law
The relevance and importance laws, those that are set to govern our classrooms, the school, or indeed our country are consistently reinforced within school.
Our Behaviour Policy teaches boundaries, recognises pupils fulfilling expectation, rewards those who go above and beyond, and supports pupils to improve if they do not live up to the expectation.  We believe in a justice approach resolution, ensuring that all pupils are listened to, conflicts are resolved peacefully and children have a clear understanding or why their behaviour was inappropriate and how they could manage it differently in the future.  We promote mutual respect at all times.
We have excellent links with the local community, including the Police.  We receive regular visits from them to help children understand the importance of rules in the community.
 
Individual Liberty
At Woodside, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment.  As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing.  Through the eco-committee 'Woodside Wombles' the school works hard to show responsibility for our natural environment.
 
Mutual Respect
Respect is one  of our core values and is modelled by pupils and staff alike.  The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments.  We foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.  Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum for example we teach the concept of 'fair-play' in PE and games.  The school rules are based around Respect.
 
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Christian school, Woodside Primary is committed to celebrating different beliefs and faiths and we look to actively link with schools whose faith community is different from our own to engender understanding and respect for both similarities and differences.
Our RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.  Using the Understanding Christianity resources together with the Warwickshire Sacre materials enables the children to develop a deep understanding of the Christian faith and to identify both the similarities and differences with other key faith groups.