Promoting British Values at Hailey CE Primary School
The DfE have recently (2014) 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.”
Democracy is prevalent throughout the school. Each year pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Voice groups and questionnaires. Our school behaviour policy involves pupils in developing class codes of conduct which the pupils vote on as a class group.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout the daily school routines, as well as being addressed through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value of and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
As a school we provide boundaries for young pupils and educate them to make choices safely, through the provision of 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 PSHCE lessons and assemblies. Through our charity work for Unicef the children come to understand the rights of the child as defined by Unicef and how important these rights are.
Our school ethos is built on our core values of ‘Love’ and ‘Tolerance’ and pupils are frequently engaged in discussions and assemblies about what these mean and how they are demonstrated. Our behaviour policy and home school agreement also reinforce these values across all our school community: parents, staff, governors and pupils.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. The RE curriculum teaches the children about other world faiths and assemblies celebrate festivals from other Faiths. Assemblies and discussions about prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been supported by learning in PSHCE as well as Anti-bullying week, Safer Internet Day and other whole school initiatives. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.