Promoting British Values
Promoting British Values at Hatton Hill Primary Schools
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 Hatton Hill these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
At Hatton Hill we have a democratic approach to many aspects of school life.
Within the curriculum and beyond, children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. Big or small, loud or quiet, the voice of a child is important. Children are actively taught to listen to the voice of those around them and given opportunities to develop the confidence they need to express their opinion in a safe and nurturing environment. Children learn that there is an appropriate way to express their opinion and that a difference in opinion is an acceptable part of living and working together in harmony.
Importantly, children elect a representative in their class to join our School Council. The council meets weekly and has a direct impact on events in school. Children are also given an annual questionnaire which gives them an opportunity to comment on many aspects of their life at school.
The Rule of Law
Respect and understanding of the importance of our school rules provides solid foundations on which children will learn the Rule of Law. Reasons for school rules are explained to children to help them understand why they are necessary for us to successfully learn and play together. Consequences for breaking rules are clearly understood and consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Our school behaviour policy has clear sanctions that operate on a whole school level. As children grow and develop they are taught the value and reasons behind the laws which govern our country and the similarities between law and schools rules. They learn that laws govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. The school is also working towards Rights Respecting Schools Award which teaches children about both their rights and the associated responsibilities.
Within the safe and supportive environment of Hatton Hill School, children are actively encouraged to make choices. Through provision of a safe environment and empowering education children develop their ability to make good choices which are acceptable to people around them. Where the wrong choice is made children are helped to recognise the problem and identify the solution. Children 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.
Challenging topics within the curriculum, such as World War 2 and the life of Victorian children, allow pupils to explore the consequences and effect on people when liberty is challenged or removed.
Respect is at the heart of all aspects of school life. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others: they learn that their character is judged on the way in which they act. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We encourage the children to show respect and understanding of other cultures, heritages and points of view, within home, school and the wider world, as well as the need to care for our environment. Where things go wrong, we encourage children to be honest, to express their feelings, to listen to the opinion of others, to say sorry and to forgive.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Hatton Hill is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies and lessons 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. We encourage children to be kind and friendly to others within school and the community, as well as encouraging co-operation and developing positive relationships.
Discrimination on any grounds is never tolerated. The school expects the full support of all stakeholders in challenging unacceptable behaviour contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
To reinforce an appreciation of British Values children, at age appropriate level, are taught to understand that the opportunities they are afforded are not universal. They are taught that they are born into a country of opportunity and fair systems of law. This is contrasted with examples of historical and contemporary events to reinforce a sense of pride and ownership of British Values.