At Hellifield Community Primary School, we aim to promote British Values as part of our ethos and school culture. This is in line with the government definition of British Values as set out in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy.'
The British Values are as follows -
The principle of democracy is constantly enforced in our school, with pupils made aware that they are able to make decisions about what happens within their school. All classes decide on their rules at the beginning of the year, setting ground rules for class conduct and procedures. We have a School Council and Class Councils who meet on a regular basis and whose purpose is to increase the influence of pupils in their own education by ensuring that their views are included when the school is making decisions. We want our pupils to feel that they are part of the school community and that we appreciate their points of view. Each year, all pupils complete a ‘Pupil Questionnaire’, which looks at various aspects of school life. The principle of democracy is also sometimes explored in Humanities, English and Religious Studies as well as in class time and through themed assemblies. Where appropriate, we link our work in this area to what is happening nationally. (e.g. local and general elections)
The Rule of Law
The importance of the rule of law, how laws are made and how rules and laws are put in place to ensure the safety of any society, is reinforced throughout the school, through our behaviour policy, PSHCE lessons and through themed assemblies. Pupils are reminded of the importance of obeying laws and of the consequences if these laws are broken. Our class rules and playground rules are on display for reference. The importance of rights and responsibilities is paramount to our school ethos and this forms a central part of our teaching practice in every lesson. We also have links with our local police force, who come into school on request to talk about the importance of law and order with reference to local issues.
We are committed to providing a calm, caring and well-ordered environment where everyone feels safe, happy and understands what is expected of them ensuring that pupils feel comfortable when expressing themselves. We promote a culture of praise and encouragement and expect consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour, which provides boundaries for pupils to make their own choices. Pupils are aware of the importance of making appropriate choices, with regard to such things as e-safety and the physical and emotional well-being of themselves and others. We encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour as well as knowing their rights. We challenge stereotypes and encourage our children to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
We believe that positive relationships based on mutual respect, promote positive attitudes to learning and that as children learn by example, all adults within school should act as positive role models with regard to their own behaviour. Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is reflected in our Positive Behaviour Policy which is implemented throughout our school
Students are made aware that their behaviour affects others and that positive and negative behaviour will result in very different outcomes and each behaviour will elicit a relevant response, consistent throughout the whole school.
We compete with other schools in a wide variety of sports and constantly reinforce the value of good sportsmanship and respect in the competitive environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Global themes and cultures are explored within the curriculum, notably in Humanities and RE where pupils learn about different faiths and cultures. Visits to other places of worship and visitors of different faiths serve to enrich this part of the curriculum. Our school assemblies programme also closely follows cultural events, ensuring that students are kept up to date with relevant social, cultural and spiritual events. We recognise and celebrate key times in other faiths and cultures wherever possible e.g. Chinese New Year
Aware that our pupils are in a largely monocultural school and community, we have established a close link with IQRA School in Bradford and follow a programme of cultural exchanges with them. We also have link schools in Europe. We embrace opportunities to invite people into school to speak to our children during assemblies and lessons about life in other countries and our global responsibilities.
We have a permanent display in school reminding the school community of these values, which is updated as related events take place