Promoting British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Timberley these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Pupils like being consulted on how to improve the academy. They can see their wishes fulfilled in the gardens for each class and the new after-school basketball and hockey clubs. The eco-team are keen helpers on the academy farm, collecting eggs and looking after the animals.- Ofsted January 2014
At Timberley we believe that children must feel part of the school community that their ideas and opinions are valued at all times. The children take on a variety of roles like School Council, Sports Council and Pupil Inclusion Forum, Eco Team and Head Boy and Girl, Prefects, Young Scientists, House Captains and Librarians. School Council members are elected by their peers and Eco Team members apply by letter for the position. Our Pupil Inclusion Forum is made up of children from the Resource Base, SEND and main stream provisions in school.
Pupils can voice their views at weekly meetings. They discuss any issues in school and suggest ways to improve school life. They have introduced ties into the upper school uniform, a new PE kit across school, contributed to the design of the lunchtime menus and after school clubs and held school wide competitions. The school council have attended the Birmingham Council House and had tea with the Lord Mayor. They attend the Young Citizens Action Meeting and have met Local Councillors and the Crime Commissioner.
The Rule of Law
The importance of following rules and the law are reinforced throughout school. All classes’ sign up to their class charter at the beginning of each year, setting the rules themselves. Our behaviour charts allow children to earn gold stickers when they end the day on gold and a celebration commendation postcard goes home to parents when the children have completed a card. The children start the day on green and can move through silver and gold for displaying positive behaviours and down to yellow and red if they display behaviours which do not meet the class charter. This behaviour management system is essential for our school to be a safe learning environment for all.
Staff model the expected behaviours around school at all times. Children are taught the reasons behind rules and laws in many areas of the curriculum and understand why consequences are put in place when rules are broken.
Children at Timberley are actively encouraged to make their own choices. Timberley is a supportive environment in which children feel safe to do so. Children learn about choice available to them through IPC, PSHE, Paths and E Safety. We have learning mentors in both foundation/key stage 1 and key stage 2 who work with children who may struggle to understand the choices available to them and which would be the best to choose. Children take part in the Life Caravan programme on a yearly basis.
Our core values underpin our school philosophy and ethos. We believe that through our values and ethos we enable children to become well rounded citizens ready for life beyond Timberley. Through our IPC, PSHE, RE and Paths curriculum children work together to ensure our values are understood and incorporated into school life.
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school and the Pupil Inclusion Forum ensures all children are heard across the resource base and main stream school.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
Our pupil’s share a growing understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and they have the opportunities to experience diversity. We are very proud of the range of different heritages in school. Our RE curriculum enables children to learn about different faiths and share any experiences of their own. Our RE curriculum was recently inspected by Birmingham and SACRE and was found to be Outstanding. Our school is at the centre of the local community with Stay and Play and the School Nurse visiting. We invite the pensioners into school for Christmas dinner; hold many celebration events, schools fayres and charity work etc.