We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.
We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance that states:-
‘…[school staff] should ensure that they...promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.’
Department of Education, (2014). Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools. London: HMSO.
At Hurst Drive Primary School, fundamental British values are part of pupils’ learning and are evident in the following ways:
Being part of the decision-making process is something we want every pupil to experience. Through our house system, house representatives (who are chosen by a class vote) are able to voice pupils’ concerns and suggestions to their house captain who then represents them in meetings with the head teacher to influence positive change within the school.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is reinforced daily in school through the curriculum or during collective worship. Pupils are taught that laws govern and protect us, and that we each have a personal responsibility to abide by them as consequences will occur if laws are broken. Visits from the authorities, including the police, fire service and ambulance service form part of our yearly calendar and serve to reinforce this message.
Taking responsibility for their behaviour and having autonomy over their learning is something we instil in pupils from the moment they enter school. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely - following the e-safety rules to keep safe online, using our self-assessment approach to seek support with their learning or having the freedom to make choices about which extra-curricular clubs to attend are just some examples of how individual liberty is promoted in school.
Our house system is represented by key characteristics, including social intelligence and gratitude, which promote social harmony. Both in class and during assembly, pupils revisit the meaning of these terms and learn about how they can show them in their daily life to ensure they treat all people with kindness and understanding. Posters around the school promote the characteristics and this is reiterated in our school rules and our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
Through learning opportunities in and outside of school, pupils have the opportunity to learn about and learn from different faiths and religions so that they may better understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Members of different faith groups are invited into school to work with the children and pupils are given the opportunity to visit places of worship to further enrich their understanding. Assemblies and discussions focused on prejudice and prejudice-based bullying are followed up in class through religious education and across the curriculum - for example, through carefully selected focus texts in English.