Vision and Values
At Southgate Primary School we uphold and actively promote fundamental British Values, as directed by the DFE, through our spiritual, moral and cultural education, encompassing our Unicef Rights Respecting Schools work and the PSHE SEAL programme.
Lord Nash, in November 2014 Guidance on promoting British Values, said:
"A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society, who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
We want every school to promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.
This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain."
At Southgate Primary School we actively promote British values through our school and class charters, the curriculum and teaching. We promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We are fully committed to preparing children for becoming responsible citizens of the future.
Please also see our Enabling Enterprise work.
Rights Respecting Schools
We are a Rights Respecting School and we have been awarded the Recognition of Commitment by Unicef for the work we have done in this area so far. We are currently embedding our Level One work and will be going for accreditation soon.
We use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) with the children to ensure they know about the universal rights of children and to ensure they respect each other's rights, as part of our PSHE and Citizenship programme.
What are children's rights?
There are 42 main articles in the convention, which set out how children should be treated. While our school has been working on implementing the articles through our general practice, these are the most relevant ones for the children:
- The right to a childhood
- The right to be healthy
- The right to be treated fairly
- The right to a voice
We set up a Pupil focus group with our School Council Representatives taking on the roles of Rights Respecting School champions and conducted an audit of our school. This helped us to write an action plan to ensure we focussed on the rights of the child in our school.
We welcome ideas from the school community and would love parents/ carers to join our stakeholder group. Please speak to Mrs Bondonno if you are interested.
For more information please visit the Unicef website at www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa