- The key example is our Junior Leadership Team. At the beginning of each academic year, each class holds an election for class representatives which reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action.
- The Junior Leadership Team is made up of 2 members from each class.
- Before each meeting, an agenda is released. Each class holds a class council meeting where the points on the agenda are discussed. J.L.T reps then report the thoughts and ideas of their classmates at the following School Council Meeting.
- Pupil voice is vitally important and subject leaders often use pupil questionnaires or speak to pupils to obtain their thoughts and suggestions on their learning.
- During the General Election in 2017, we held our own Greyfriars election where each class voted for and formed their own political parties. Each party had an opportunity to share their manifesto in a special assembly and the whole school voted!
The Rule of Law
We have a clear behaviour policy which is built on forging positive respectful relationships between children and adults. Children are consistently encouraged to make good choices about their behaviour and to spend time reflecting on their actions, leading to an understanding and acceptance of the consequences.
Our PSHE curriculum which comprises of ‘PATHS’ programme (EYFS, KS1 and LKS2) and ‘Mind to Be Kind’ (UKS2), along with assemblies, develop the children’s understanding of rules and laws (whether that be in class, school or in the wider community). Regular visits from the local Police and the Fire Service help us to make the link between school and the wider community, therefore reinforcing the importance of rules and laws.
Here at Greyfriars Academy, we actively encourage the children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; for example, in computing through our E-Safety policy.
Lessons provide many opportunities for children to make choices, for example; learning partners and groups to methods and strategies used to solve problems.
Here at Greyfriars, respect features clearly within our behaviour policy and school rules. This is modelled by all members of our school community. Teaching respect is covered across our curriculum, particularly in PSHE and RE. The children are taught about the value of respect and how respect is earned.
Children are encouraged to show respect to each other as well as to our school environment.
As a school, we commemorate key events, particularly around remembrance.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Greyfriars is a diverse community and we make the most of every learning opportunity.
In RE, the children learn about different faiths and develop their understanding of these along with wide range of religious festivals and celebrations.
We welcome a variety of visitors throughout the year from different parts of the globe, who share their cultural experiences with our children.
Here at Greyfriars we actively challenge pupils, staff, parents or anyone in the school community
expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.