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 each and every day.
A more detailed definition of these terms can found further down this page.
To view our children showing these values in school and the community around them. Please click on the British Vlaues Blog below.
Promoting British Values at Hindsford CE Primary School British Values
Below is a table which outlines the approach that we take at Hindsford, which teaches the children about British values in several ways:
British Values Scheme of Work
|This is taught once a year in every class through short 15-minute class assemblies. Within these assemblies, the children learn about the currency, population, landmarks, landscape, faiths, beliefs, the monarchy, politics, culture & weather of Great Britain.|
|School Behaviour Policy||Through the school behaviour policy, children are taught the importance of following school rules and displaying good manners and respect for others. The school rules also support children in making the right choices and developing their understanding of there being consequences for their actions.|
|The RE scheme of work teaches children about the 6 main religions across Great Britain – Christianity, Muslim, Jewish, Hinduism, Sikhism & Buddhism. This ensures that the children are knowledgeable and respectful of the different beliefs and customs of each faith.|
|Whole School Assembly Programme||The whole school assembly programme, celebrates religious festivals from all faiths throughout the year. When these assemblies take place, pupils are encouraged to take an active role in the assembly if the festival is connected to the faith that they follow. This develops a message of equal opportunity and shared respect and celebration of each faith.
In addition, the annual assembly programme looks at other key events within the British calendar such as St David’s Day/St George’s Day/St Andrew’s Day/Mothers Day/Remembrance Day/Fathers Day/The Queen’s Birthday etc. This allows children to learn about the history of Britain and develop an understanding of why these days are important in the British culture.
|The school has committed to carrying out at least one charity event every half term, which the children raise money to donate to charities within the community. This teaches the children the importance of thinking of others and develops empathy and appreciation.|
|The History Curriculum allows children to explore Great Britain’s historical timeline and teaches the children about significant events or periods of Great Britain such as: The Tudors, World War II, The Victorians, The Romans etc. This allows children to learn about how Britain has developed and become the country it is today.|
|The school has adopted 7 Christian Values, which are connected to the fundamental British Values. These are promoted across the school every day, with certificates being given to pupils at the end of the week, who have demonstrated their commitment to these values.|
|The school follows a PSHCE curriculum which explores all key areas of Personal, Social, Emotional, & Health aspects of learning. The curriculum teaches children about the importance of friendships, respect, appropriate behaviours and good health and well-being.|
|Pupil Voice & Responsibility||The school fully supports the right for every pupil to have their say. As a result, the school promotes the importance of pupils being able to share their view and take ownership of their school.
In addition to this, the school encourages children to take on additional leadership roles such as Team Captains, Council Memebrs, Play Leaders & Class Monitors. All of these children are spoken to regularly and asked for their opinions on school life and ideas for improvement.
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.
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