The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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British Values

At Dymchurch we aim to create a happy, secure and creative learning environment for all members of our school community.  We believe that British Values are integral to achieving our school’s aims. 

 The Government defines British Values as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.

At Dymchurch, British Values are promoted in so much of what we do - during our daily assemblies, through the teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE) and through the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum. 

We value and celebrate the heritages of everybody at our school.  Alongside this, we value and celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms, this means that we celebrate traditions, for example, Harvest festival and Remembrance Day during the Autumn term.  We also value and celebrate national events, such as World Book day, Comic Relief, Children in Need, the Olympics and so on.

British values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 Democracy

  • Through our PSHE curriculum children learn about the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.
  • We actively promote democratic processes by holding school council and house captain elections, whose members are voted for by the children.
  • We hold ‘mock elections’ to promote fundamental British values and provide children with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.
  • We help pupils to express their views and ensure that all children are listened to.

Rule of law 

  • Our behaviour management system encourages children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to life at Dymchurch Primary School.
  • Our behaviour management system helps children to distinguish right from wrong.
  • We help children to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
  • We organise visits from outside agencies in the curriculum to teach children about road safety and public services such as the Police.
  • Children are taught aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.

Individual liberty 

  • We support children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • We encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights.
  • Our PSHE programme allows our children to have freedom of speech, challenge stereotypes and has built a strong anti-bullying culture at Dymchurch Primary School.

Respect and tolerance 

  • We promote respect for individual differences by discussing differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability and gender.
  • Help children to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
  • Organise visits to places of worship.

 

Pupils representing Dymchurch Primary School in the
Royal British Legion Centenary Parade 2018