Eden supports and delivers a firm commitment to developing and upholding British Values.
British Values are taught within Citizenship education as part of the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum and further opportunities are provided so that pupils can demonstrate them within their everyday lives.
We have a proactive Student Council at Eden, made up of elected class representatives, as well as an elected head pupil. Pupils vote for their ‘head pupil’ during UK Parliament Week, which shows pupils how democracy works, as well as familiarising them with the UK voting system.
Eden is committed to Citizenship education and intends to ensure that every pupil knows how to vote and that their voice matters. We want to ensure the future generation has their say! Pupils have demonstrated ‘democracy in action’ through petitions and the many changes that have taken place in school as a result of the requests from the school council. Pupils have recently visited Parliament and have watched a live debate in the House of Commons.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, our school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout all aspects of school life. Pupils and parents are taught the value and reasons behind our rules, that they govern and protect us; the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils at Eden have been actively involved in categorising types of behaviours and the possible consequences of these to inform our behaviour policy.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning activities or through the choice of participating in our enrichment opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Eden we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity. This is reinforced through all we do at Eden and reflected in our school values, behaviour and attitudes. Diversity, tolerance and respect is taught through the delivery of our Religious Studies (RS), Citizenship and PSHE curriculums, assemblies and visits to places of worship. Pupils have visited the local Mosque, Churches, the Synagogue and Buddhist Centre. Members of different faiths, organisations and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.
- We all expect to be seen and respected as individuals and for our differences to be celebrated rather than used to divide us.
- We all promise to engage with, listen to and seek to understand those whose opinions, cultures and perspectives differ from mine.
- Our emotional health and wellbeing should be treated with the same importance as educational and academic development.
- We all promise to give opportunities for individuals from different schools and environments to come together.
- We all expect to be consulted and represented on those matters that affect our lives.
- We all expect our schools to collaborate and provide us with opportunities to work with each other.
- We all expect to be taught about the world around us/the world that we live in.
- We all demand that respectful language in all forms of communication is non‐negotiable amongst ourselves and others.
- We all expect to feel safe ourselves and pledge not to make others feel unsafe and to take action to protect this.
- We expect to be supported in this by the adults in our lives.
- We all expect to express our views respectfully about those things that affect us, sometimes strongly, responding non-violently in all situations of tension and conflict.
- We recognise that the actions of individuals and small groups can create great change.
- We all agree that building peace is the way to ensure a more just and secure future for everyone.