What do we mean by Community Cohesion and SMSC education?
At Riverside Primary School we are committed to working towards a harmonious society; one where we all feel valued and respected irrespective of background and personal circumstances, one where all feel they belong. This is reflected in our vision and aims and is built up by all the members of the school community.
We try to ensure that we take an approach which allows pupils to experience a more broad range of faith, ethnicity and culture and socio-economic factors than they would ordinarily in their immediate locality.
By community cohesion, we mean working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities; a society in which diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society which is strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and the wider community.
Teaching, learning and curriculum
to teach pupils to understand other, to promote common values and to value diversity, to promote awareness of human rights and of the responsibility to uphold and defend them, and to develop the skills of participation and responsible action.
Equality and excellence
to ensure equal opportunities for all to succeed at the highest level possible, removing barriers to access and participation in learning and wider activities and eliminating variations in outcomes of different groups.
Engagement and Ethos
to provide a means for children, young people and their families to interact with people from different backgrounds and build on positive relations, including, links with different schools and communities locally, across the country and internationally.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education encompasses how every school is responsible for educating pupils to live in their school, local, UK and global communities.
You can read more about our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision HERE
Teaching British Values
At Riverside we believe that we demonstrate fully our commitment to promoting British Values. The following are some examples of how we feel we do this…
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. Council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Children/parents complete entry and exit surveys in which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. The local community police officers are regular visitors to school for both social and professional visits. One of their sessions is working with Y5 and Y6 pupils on Cyber Bullying. Year 6 pupils will be learning about Crime and Punishment and Human Rights from a professional lawyer later this year.
Within school, 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 choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. 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. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices through learning challenges and participation in extra-curricular clubs. Teaching and support staff have completed the online Prevent training.
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 treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Riverside is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
At Riverside we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ and discriminatory language and comments.
EDUCATION AGAINST HATE
The government have launched this superb new website with lots of useful advice and information to help us work towards a cohesive society and minimise risk of extremism:
At Riverside, we use a Restorative Practice approach to conflict resolution. All staff are trained in this approach and we hold meetings and assemblies with our students to help them understand what Restorative Practice actually is.