Promoting British Values in our school
British Values at Hadfield Infant 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 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 were reiterated by the Government in 2014.
At Hadfield Infant School these values are regularly promoted through high quality teaching, a rounded programme of assemblies and a positive behaviour policy. Fundamental British values are also promoted through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of pupils and through the teaching of our Relationship and Health Education (RHE) curriculum in KS1
This gives pupils opportunities to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
We listen to children’s and parent’s voice. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.
We have a school council and an Eco council, both consisting of two members from each class who are nominated and voted for. They have recently been very instrumental in decisions about additions to our playground equipment and improving the school environment in general.
Rule of Law
This value focuses on boundaries, respect for others, being kind and considerate, tolerance, consequences, manners, social expectations and respect for people in authority. At Hadfield Infants School we encourage the children to develop an understanding between the school rules and those in society.
From entry to school pupils are continually taught to recognise the difference between right and wrong and this, alongside their developing maturity, helps them to apply their understanding of these concepts in their daily lives.
We have a behaviour policy which has a set of “Be the best you can be” rules. We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. Children are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings in school in a bid to improve confidence and self esteem. These elements are explored on a daily basis and through discrete teaching in Religious Education (RE), Relationships and Health Education (RHE) and Philosophy for children (P4C).
Within our school children are encouraged to make choices and express opinions, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment to enable them to do this. It is about building resilience, persevering and never giving up. Through our SMSC sessions we discuss different choices that the children can make and encourage them to make the right choices. Our behaviour policy also gives an excellent forum for staff to discuss the choices (both good and bad) that pupils make about their behaviour in school. It is used to encourage pupils to reflect on their choices and the effect that it has on both their peers and adults. They are given opportunities to resolve conflicts effectively and fairly. Through E-safety we teach the importance of keeping yourself safe by choosing not to share personal information.
Our whole school ethos is built around mutual respect, inclusivity, tolerance appreciation and consideration of others and we believe that respect for others is a vital component of moral development. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued and has a contribution to make to the school. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
We encourage open discussions in all areas of the curriculum but particularly in lessons which ask 'big' questions. Staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.
We actively support all to develop their own reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Beliefs
Social equality among all is a message that is talk throughout Hadfield Infants School. Teaching is aimed at equipping children with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and give them opportunities to experience diversity within the setting and through wider links in the community. Teachers enable children to learn about, engage with and accept different faiths and beliefs. Visits from religious and belief leaders to the setting provide valuable experiences of other cultures, religions and beliefs.
Assemblies are planned to give children opportunity to reflect of a variety of beliefs, cultures and moral values. The RE curriculum is also carefully planned to equip children with the knowledge which will enable them to understand the diverse nature of peoples beliefs. We help them to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.