Woodthorpe Infant School actively promotes inclusion, equality of opportunity, the valuing of diversity and British values.
Under the Equality Act 2010, which underpins standards of behaviour and incorporates both British and universal values, we have a legal obligation not to discriminate against directly or indirectly, harass or victimise those with protected characteristics. We make reasonable adjustments to procedures, criteria and practices to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not at a substantial disadvantage.
We believe that social and emotional development is shaped by early experiences and relationships and incorporates elements of equality and British and universal values. The curriculum and learning experiences we offer at Woodthorpe Infant School fully support children’s earliest skill development. This ensures that they can become social citizens in an age-appropriate way and are able to listen and attend to instructions; know the difference between right and wrong; recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others; make and maintain friendships; develop empathy and consideration of other people; take turns in play and conversation; avoid risk and take notice of rules and boundaries; learn not to hurt/upset other people with words and actions; and understand the consequences of hurtful/discriminatory behaviour.
Weekly assembly themes cover issues which support British values, as well as other key religious, cultural and community dates and events, and all children are able to attend and participate in these. A clear assembly structure is followed and these offer inspirational and thought provoking ideas which can then be discussed further in the classroom. This is also supported through the school's values (learning powers): respect, reciprocity, reflective, resourceful, resilience which are used to guide us in becoming good learners, but most importantly, good people.
During these assemblies, a persona teddy called Woody is used to explore the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Woody helps the children to understand and contextualize concepts in an age-appropriate and understandable way.
Democracy, or making decisions together (through the prime area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development):
Rule of law, or understanding that rules matter (through the prime area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development):
Individual liberty, or freedom for all (through the prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and Understanding the World):
Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, or treating others as you want to be treated (through the prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and Understanding the World):
At Woodthorpe Infant School, the below is not acceptable: