TEACHING BRITISH VALUES

Promoting British Values at Hartlip Endowed Church England 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
  • 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 this year (2014). At Hartlip Endowed Church England School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Each year the children vote for their school captains and class buddies. The class buddies meet with their class every fortnight and with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher every term as the members of the school council representing the pupil voice.

Children participate in an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school. They evaluate the current term and set the agenda for the forthcoming term, facilitating active participation in the school plan.

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 Hartlip School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. Our daily life is based on our Christian School Values. These underpin everything that we do, coupled with keeping our hands and feet to ourselves. Pupils are taught the reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, magistrates, local and national Government officers, help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Hartlip 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through PSHE lessons and Collective Worship.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have 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

Hartlip is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.