At Cavendish School British values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. These discussions are based around the themes of rights and responsibilities, rules and routines.
We have a student council which meets every month with a member of the senior leadership team to discuss issues raised in the class council meetings. The council is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.
Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. Any areas highlighted as needing attention are addressed by staff and children.
The history of democracy is introduced in Year 4 with teaching about the Magna Carta whilst the children are on a residential visit to one of King John's favorite castles at St Briavels. The children gain further insight into elections when we stage our mock elections to coincide with local councils and General Elections. In Year 6 children learn more of the origins of democracy and related concepts such as autocracy when they study the history of the ancient Greeks.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Cavendish. Pupils are taught the rules of the school from an early age. These are summarised in our Cavendish Code. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind rules and laws, that they 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 help reinforce this message. In Year 6 children are taken to the Houses of Parliament to learn how laws are made.
At Cavendish, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. This process begins in our Nursery and Reception class where the children regularly participate in forest schools activities. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE lessons. This process is accelerated as the pupils prepare for transition to secondary school.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. The second statement in our Cavendish Code reads 'We treat each other as equals'. The school participates annually in Black History Month, annual themes chosen recently have been refugees in sport, local black immigrants and the contribution of black Commonwealth soldiers in WW1.
Cavendish is a diverse school. 50 per cent of our children are from various ethnic communities and as many as 30-40 languages may be spoken as home languages. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Assemblies, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are invited to share their knowledge to enhance our children’s learning. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. The school holds an annual international evening where we celebrate diversity with music, singing, dancing, costumes and cuisine from the different cultures represented in the school. The school also celebrates its diversity through our language of the month celebration where children who share the same language create displays of their language, the areas where it is spoken and share something of their culture.