Promoting British Values at Hundon Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a 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 were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Hundon Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. Children elected to be on the school council represent the views of their classmates on various issues. The children are frequently encouraged to work as teams to make decisions and to hear and respect the views of all parties. Where a decision cannot be made, voting is encouraged. The children also get the opportunity to vote on certain activities and treats.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day including assemblies, as well as when dealing with behaviour. 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.
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 pupils 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 advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety lessons. Pupils are able to make educated choices around challenge, how they record their learning, participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and other opportunities as they arise.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around core values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated in our classroom environments, as well as our behaviour policy. The school rules are care for everyone and everything, have good manners at all times and follow instructions. Through the curriculum children learn to give their opinions constructively and respect those of others especially when they differ. Respect is also reinforced through working in teams.
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. School resources are purchased with diversity in mind. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. A local vicar is invited to contribute to assemblies on a regular basis. Such issues are also embedded in the curriculum.