Promoting British Values at Halfway Houses Primary
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 by the Prime Minister this year. More information can be found by following this link:
At Halfway Houses these values are reinforced regularly and in the following way:
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections of House and Sports Captains, as well as the members of the Curriculum committee are all decided by pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils vote on as a class group.
The Rule of Law
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 during careers week and trips to the Houses of Parliament help reinforce this message. We have also had visits from the local MP and Police support officers. The children successfully ran a project to reinforce safe parking outside of school and were supported in enforcing this.
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 safely. 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 and PSHE lessons. Children have the choice of challenge in lessons, participation in extra-curricular clubs and are given the freedom to make choices about how and what they learn. Class rules are decided with children in September. The school council and Curriculum committee provide a voice for children at our school and are valued and recognised within the school community. Children are encouraged to have a growth mindset towards learning and this is promoted across the school. Children are able to take part in enterprise activities which they help to decide and run themselves as far as possible. Children are also given the opportunity to decide which charities they would like to raise money for and have organised successful days for charities such as MND and the British Heart Foundation. In Year 6, children are encouraged to run and decide on their own acts for their leavers’ show.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our core monthly values which are as follows:
Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote monthly values and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
As a school we have a clear vision which is ‘together there are no limits to what we can achieve’. This is shared and discussed with children and our four key learning values aspiration, independence, collaboration and creativity support this. You can find out more about these by following the link below.
The weekly celebration assembly promotes respect and teamwork. Housepoint totals, Star and writer of the week certificates and sports team medals and certificates all form part of this.
Year 6 playtime Aces, playground monitors and book buddies encourage younger children to make appropriate choices.
Each year our Year 6 children participate in a weekly residential trip to Swanage where they take part in a range of activities that encourage them to live and work together harmoniously.
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. Our RE curriculum follows the Kent agreed syllabus ensuring all children gain a knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and values that members of different cultures hold. Through work in PSHE the children are encouraged to think about their own values and are taught to show respect and tolerance of other people. In Literacy children experience stories from a range of different cultures such as ‘The village that vanished.’ Visits and celebrations support children with their learning and children have experiences of celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Diwali. During an Art week celebration, the whole school to part in a carnival based on different countries from around the world and spent time learning about those countries. We also had a visit from an African drumming music group.