Teaching British Values
Promoting British values at South Hiendley Primary School.
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, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. At South Hiendley Primary School these values are reinforced regularly in Assemblies, Ask-It, PSHE and Circle Time sessions and through the following ways.
Children are listened to and are taught to listen carefully to others. Children are taught to respect the right of individuals to have their voices and opinions heard. They are taught to discuss issues in a balanced and calm way.
The school Code of Conduct is shared with the children and they are helped to understand how this is relevant to their everyday lives.
The School Council meets regularly and discusses issues raised in class, during House Meetings or as a whole school. Each council member is voted for by their own class.
Wolds, Moors and Dales are the three Houses at our school. Each House has a Captain and a Vice Captain, voted for by the children in each House, following speeches made by the Year 5 and Year 6 candidates in a special assembly in September.
Key Stage 2 children receive an annual questionnaire where 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 at South Hiendley Primary School.
Pupils are taught from an early age the value of the Code of Conduct. Children are taught the value and the reason behind the rules and the laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibility this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as our local Police Liaison Officer, the Fire Service and other external visitors help to reinforce this message. 2
At South Hiendley Primary School, children are actively encouraged to make the right choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. Children are expected to take responsibility for their own actions and to understand the consequence their actions might have. We educate and provide boundaries for children to enable them to make informed choices, through a safe and supportive environment. The understanding of rights and responsibilities is promoted through assemblies, Ask-It sessions, Circle Times, PSHE lessons, Anti-Bullying and E-Safety weeks.
Mutual respect is a core value at South Hiendley Primary School. Children learn that their behaviour has 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
South Hiendley Primary School is situated in an area that is not greatly, culturally diverse. The school recognises its role in preparing children for life in modern Britain. We actively promote celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Our religious education syllabus is the Wakefield agreed syllabus. Through our curriculum, including RE and Personal and Social Education, we reinforce messages of tolerance and respect.
Staff ensure that the curriculum at South Hiendley Primary School promotes the above areas. They also ensure that pupils are taught about key events and figures in history, in line with the new National Curriculum (September 2014). Events during the year celebrate culturally diverse occasions and memorable events taking place in Britain.
At South Hiendley Primary School, Senior Leaders will actively challenge any children, staff or parents who express opinions that are contrary to fundamental British values including extremists views.