|Teaching and Promoting British Values|
Our vision for the school is:
INCLUDE ♦ ENJOY ♦ ACHIEVE
Our vision is achieved through our core school values:
RESPECT CREATIVITY RESILIENCE COLLABORATION
IMAGINATION CONFIDENCE COMMUNICATION
We believe that all children are entitled to reach their full potential academically, socially, emotionally, physically and morally. Using their IMAGINATION, curiosity and CREATIVITY to build INDEPENDENCE in their learning.
We aim to build self-esteem, pride and COURAGE in all our pupils. We believe that success breeds CONFIDENCE and that learning how to deal with challenges, within a supportive environment, breeds RESILIENCE and determination.
We value consideration and RESPECT, effective COMMUNICATION and manners. For pupils and staff, COLLABORATION is the key to success.
- To value and respect other people’s views, beliefs, cultures and religions, both in school and in the wider community, promoting equality and inclusion and encouraging all children to become responsible citizens;
- To work in collaboration with parents, children, staff, governors and the community, maintaining good relationships within and outside school;
- To provide a rich and stimulating curriculum that is relevant, rigorous and accessible to everyone;
- To provide an environment that enables children to develop curiosity and independence, an environment that is;
caring, stimulating, intellectually and emotionally secure and physically safe in which to work and learn.
The DfE places a duty on schools:
“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.”
At Holcombe Brook these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school to build puils’ INDEPENDENCE and CONFIDENCE. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Pupil questionnaires, Pupil Voice Interviews with staff and Governors and through scaffolded discussions within classes. The elections of House Captains, Class Councillors and Head and Deputy Boy/Girl are based predominantly upon pupil votes. Our pupils learn about COLLABORATION and work together on their class expectations at the beginning of each academic year and monitor their own areas of school responsibility in Year 6.
2. The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, when discussing behaviour and during school assemblies. Pupils 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Workshops and education on E Safety and rules around the Internet are also discussed regularly to ensure that all COMMUNICATION is carried out safely. Our local community Police Officers attend school events where possible and speak to pupils in small groups where necessary.
3. Individual Liberty
Within 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 choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education which encourages respect, tolerance and inclusion. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice on how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons and how we teach RESILIENCE. Whether it be through how they record their learning, or through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to use their IMAGINATION and develop their CREATIVITY
4. Mutual Respect
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around Core Values such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Inclusion’ and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters, photographs and artwork around the school promote RESPECT for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
5. Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Standing for your own beliefs takes COURAGE – and even greater strength is required to understand those of others. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Links across the Local Authority and internationally through International School Status and e-Twinning activities promote tolerance and understanding.
The documents below give further detail on the ‘Prevent Duty’