British Values Statement

'Our aim is for the children of Kippax Ash Tree to leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a positive contribution to our Society'.

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Individual Liberty

At Kippax Ash Tree we demonstrate Individual Liberty through our child friendly anti bullying policy, we teach children about e-safety using our PSHE curriculum and D:Side agency. Through our Voices and Choices curriculum we encourage children to make informed choices. All staff at Ash Tree educate, guide and provide boundaries for children to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering curriculum.

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Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Kippax Ash Tree. Children are taught our three school rules and expectations of the school. Through our Voices and Choices curriculum, PSHE scheme and assemblies children are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service also reinforce this message.

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Respect is a strong part of Kippax Ash Tree. All children have rights and we feel it is important that children understand their entitlements and freedoms which should be respected. Through our behaviour system children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and the rights of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for children to express their views and voice in a safe environment. Our school ethos allows all voices to be heard and answered respectfully. Through our Rights Respecting award children explore ways of developing an ethos of mutual respect for rights through rights based agreements, consider participation rights and discover practical ways to meet the Rights of a child.

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Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced through our Voices and Choices curriculum. Democracy processes are demonstrated through our highly established Pupil Parliament Team. This body of children is made up of children from Year’s 5 and 6 who were democratically elected by their constituents. They meet weekly to work together on improving and driving the school forward keeping the voice and rights of the children at the heart of everything they do. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in class and whole school assemblies.

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Tolerance

Tolerance is achieved though equipping children with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community and curriculum. Additionally, children are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.

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Kippax Ash Tree is working towards becoming a Silver Rights Respecting School. Our Voices and Choices curriculum and SMSC education supports children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect English law; encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and contribute positively to society; enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, services and to appreciate and respect their own and other cultures.