The Government set out its defintion of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. In 2014 the Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain and remind us of the need;
‘to create and reinforce 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’
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools Lord Nash said:
‘A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background….this ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.’
At Haydn as part of a broad and balanced curriculum to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children we take the opportunity to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy regularly.
Through our provision we aim to enable our children to;
distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law of England
acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures to further tolerance and harmony between different cultural tradtions;
accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
show respect for other people;
Show respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
As a result of promoting fundamental British values the list below describes the understanding and knowledge we expect our children to develop;
At Haydn these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways;
We actively encourage democracy at Haydn and our children have many opportunites for their voices to be heard. For example we have a successful school council which meets regularly to discuss how to improve the school. Council members for each year group are voted in by their class. The Council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The relevance and importance of laws, those that are set to govern our classrooms, the school or indeed our country are consistently reinforced within school.
Our Behaviour policy
Teaches boundaries, recognises pupils fulfilling expectation, rewards those who go above and beyond, and supports our children to improve if they do not live up to the expectation. We believe in a system that ensures all children are listened to, conflicts are resolved peacefully and have a clear understanding of why their behaviour was inappropriate and how they could manage it differently in the future. We promote mutual respect at all times.
We have excellent links with the local community, including the Police. We receive regular visits from them to help children understand the importance of rules in the community.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children 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.
At Haydn, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Respect is at the core of our school ethos and is modelled by pupils and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. We foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum for example we teach the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE and games.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a school situated in a diverse community and city, Haydn Primary is committed to celebrating different beliefs and faiths. Our RE curriculum, together with a range of off site visits provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Should you feel that the school is not meeting this requirement, you should contact the school office and request to express your concerns with the Headteacher. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the school is undermining these values you should report this to the Headteacher.