British Values at Hinchley Wood Primary School
As of 2014 all schools are required by the DFE to promote the historical and current values that underpin the British national identity. Within this, all schools are required to ensure that the curriculum actively promotes these four fundamental British values:
- Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.
- Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England.
- Individual liberty, support and respect for the liberties of all within the law.
- Respect for and tolerance of different cultures, faiths and other beliefs.
At Hinchley Wood Primary School, we aim to develop children who will in the future be well-rounded global citizens. Our curriculum has been developed to promote these key British values.
How it is promoted at Hinchley Wood Primary School:
- Whole school Pupil Parliament sessions held at least termly to gather pupil feedback and drive decision making across the school community
- Democracy promoted through PSHE lessons and phase leader assemblies that have the theme of British Values
- Pupils are responsible for electing Wellbeing Ambassadors in upper key stage two after hearing speeches from the available candidates
- Regular pupil voice opportunities allow for children to have their opinions listened to and children provide their opinion on key school issues such as Feel Good Week, Wellbeing garden design, school vision, curriculum drivers, naming of the new building and curriculum enrichment opportunities
- Pupils are provided with leadership opportunities (Sports Crew, Librarians, Wellbeing Ambassadors, Pupil Ambassadors and Sports team captains)
- Y2 suffragette workshop in History
- Y5 debating skills when writing balanced arguments in English
- Y4 persuasive speeches in English
- Pupils vote for their class Green Time reward
Rule of law
- High expectations of behaviour are set out in the behaviour policy
- Class charters are established during first week of school and displayed in all classrooms with input from all class members
- Whole school Stay on Green behaviour system ensures clarity and consistency across the school
- Green Points, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards allow children to receive praise and rewards for demonstrating excellent behaviour
- Blue, Yellow and Red cards ensure children understand that there are clear consequences for behaviour that does not meet expectations
- Pupils are taught restorative approaches and encouraged to reflect during restorative conversations, when filling out reflection forms and during assemblies and circle time
- School assemblies, PSHE and circle times are used to develop a strong sense of morality by highlighting key global and social issues
- Children have the opportunity to learn about the role of the monarchy and of previous monarchies through the history curriculum and celebration of key events such as the Jubilee and Coronation
- Through the PSHE curriculum, workshops, trips and assembly themes the children learn about health and safety laws, including e-safety laws e.g. Teresa Hughes e safety workshop and Junior Citizen trip in Y6
- Representatives from the NHS or Police force are invited into school to discuss key issues such as e-safety, keeping safe and mental wellbeing
- Through the school values of Confidence, Consideration, Determination, Enthusiasm and Independence pupils learn to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- A wide range of enrichment activities are available to all children, which enables them to develop their individual talents and interests e.g. sports teams, outdoor learning and after school clubs
- There is a strong anti-bullying culture within the school and children know the process for reporting any concerns they have, knowing they will be treated seriously (this is checked through Pupil Parliament sessions)
- Assembly themes and curriculum areas such as PSHE encourage children to challenge stereotypes
- NSPCC ‘Speak out, Stay safe’ assemblies delivered to KS2
- NSPCC PANTS assembly delivered to KS1
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Children celebrate differences and similarities through special events such as Black History Month, World Mental Health day and Autism awareness day
- English curriculum texts are carefully selected to represent a wide range of faith, cultures and lived experiences
- Mind Up programme teaches pupils about mindful awareness and mutual respect for others
- Regular trips to places of worship, as well as visits from various religious leaders are included within the curriculum e.g. Synagogue and Buddhist temple visit, Hindu visitor talk
- RE curriculum enables teaching about different beliefs and cultures- children are encouraged to notice similarities and differences between religions
- Children are able to explore morals through lessons, stories and assemblies
- PSHE curriculum develops children’s respect for one another and celebrates differences
- Assemblies mark and celebrate a range of religious festivals such as Rosh Hashana, Diwali, Eid, Easter and Christmas.