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Nightingale Primary School

Nightingale Primary School

Ashbourne Avenue,
South Woodford,
London E18 1PL
Tel: 020 8989 9987

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Teaching British values in Nightingale Primary School

The Department for Education have reinforced the need for schools to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

Values of Democracy

The children voted for the election of the school council and school ambassadors, and they act as the ‘voice’ of Nightingale primary school. Within the school council there are other committees, for example the food committee who liaise with the schools catering contractors, alongside the Head teacher, to ensure that they are receiving the best quality lunchtime service, food and that their opinions count. The school council have a suggestion box for children to place their ideas and opinions about their school.

Rule of law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced regularly in school assemblies. The children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. There are many rules at NPS that the children are made aware of; the anti-bullying and behaviour rules are firmly enforced by the staff at NPS and the children adhere to these rules at all times.

Individual liberty

Nightingale is a ‘telling’ school so children 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.  Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and the school council. 

Mutual respect

Our mission statement states "The aim of the school is to develop children to become confident, motivated, kind and prepared for education and life beyond Nightingale." Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Nightingale is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures, religious education lessons, curriculum and choice of text, for example Shakespeare to Benjamin Zephaniah. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.