Iqra primary school is committed to providing our children with a rich curriculum especially in terms of their religious, spiritual, moral and social development and understanding. Our aim is to create conscientious and reflective young citizens who are proud to see themselves as British and understand what it means to be so.
In particular, we aim to:
Through our provision, we are proud that our pupils develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process; an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for our wellbeing and safety and a respect for different faiths, beliefs and religious practices. As a school, we value and celebrate the diverse heritages of everybody at Iqra.
Our children gain first hand experiences that reinforce our commitment to the promotion of British values. The election of the School Council members reflects our British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action: candidates make speeches, pupils consider characteristics important for an elected representative, pupils vote in secret using ballot boxes and nominations are made up of four representatives from each class, which then get whittled down to the two elected candidates. The School Council meets regularly to discuss issues raised by the different classes. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school; last year they were instrumental in deciding where charitable monies raised should be directed, as well as choosing playground markings for the benefit of all pupils.
Every child in the school voted for their school councillors
The Headteacher and School Councillors, accompanied by Councillor Bray, visited the House of Commons at the invitation of MP Chuka Amunna - June 2016
Pupils signed the Book of Remembrance, to commemorate the life of the MP, Jo Cox
Our party had a fascinating and worthwhile day and enjoyed seeing the British Parliament in action
Other examples of the ‘pupil voice’ at Iqra are:
The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our school or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in assemblies and when reflecting on behaviour choices. At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets its own Class Charter, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Iqra was proud that MP Chuka Amunna visited the school in December 2015
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. These values are reinforced in different ways:
Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for our young pupils to make choices safely; for example, and when appropriate:
Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, such as in our e-safety and SEAL lessons.
Another bouquet - this time for MP Chuka Amunna!
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs;
Iqra Primary is in an area which is greatly culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs. Mutual respect is at the heart of our values and our motto;
Training for this life and the Hereafter
and features prominently in several of our school rules:
Respect people and school property.
Show good Manners.
Love for your brothers and sisters what you love for yourself
Our pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything. Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are supported to treat each other with respect.
Specific examples of how we at Iqra Primary enhance pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs are:
Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. At Iqra Primary, such instances are extremely rare. They are treated seriously in line with our core values and policies.
Schools have been required to promote British Values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.