Promoting British Values at Hindsford CE Primary School
School will be looking in detail at British Values, each value will be incorporated into a PHSE day.
Autumn 1 – Individual Liberty
Autumn 2 – Tolerance
Spring 1 – Rule of Law
Summer 1 – Mutual Respect
Summer 2 – Democracy
British Value Statement
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to 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.”
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Hindsford CE Primary School we reinforce these values every year. We have found this approach teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world, for everyone in the school community. They are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
Democracy is widespread across our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and an annual pupil questionnaire. The elections of school councillors are based solely on pupil votes. We also hold elections for the Eco Squad and Worship Council.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Hindsford, particularly when dealing with behaviour and through school worship. 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. Visits from authorities including our emergency services are regular parts of our school calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 safety, through a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE days. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of partaking in our many extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. At Hindsford, pupils are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning and are encouraged to be safe and supportive of their classmates.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has centred on Core Values such as ‘Respect’. Discussions and assemblies are held, related to this value and what this means and how it is shown. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Respect is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as in our behaviour policy. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Hindsford we actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. RE lessons and PHSE lessons/days reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. We explore different faiths through RE lessons. Children are taught that everyone is different in their own way.