Harlescott Junior School

Promoting British Values

 

The definition of British Values was outlined in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and has recently been reiterated by the Government.

We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

 

Democracy

Links to school values:

Respect

Tolerance

Understanding

  • ‘Pupil voice’ is actively encouraged at Harlescott Junior School. We encourage children to share their ideas and views regulars not only in Speaking and Listening activities but also as part of our creative curriculum decision making.
  • We have a proactive School Council who act as a conduit between the children that they represent and the staff, governors and funraisers. Each year a new Council is elected from nominated candidates from across the school. Each class elects a representative. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process. Our representatives meet at fortnightly each term, being led by Mrs Thain and Mrs Philpott and discuss a wide variety of issues. They take issues to their class for discussion and feedback ideas to the School Council from the rest of the pupil body.
  • We also have an active Eco-Committee. This elected in a similar way to the School Council and their remit is to promote a range of ecological principles throughout the school and in our local community.
  • We have a ‘Values Champions’ committee who support our work in promoting healthy relationships and social skills.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This includes things like the sports leaders, ICT support, lunch helpers, and also raising money for local and national charities. 
  • All children are able to give feedback to staff either informally or formally through questionnaires or pupil interviews about class work.
  • Children also have the opportunity to talk to Governors when they visit school as part of their Link Governor visits or roles as volunteers within school. They are able to share their views, which in turn inform Governors of issues that are important to them.
  • All children are involved in developing a Class Charter at the beginning of each year, establishing a code of conduct by which all class members should act by throughout the year.

 

 

The Rule of Law

Links to school values:

Respect

Co-operation

Courage

  • The importance of laws is highlighted through the constant reinforcement of school values and code of conduct throughout the school day. 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 or rules are broken.
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. There are rewards for exhibiting good, caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through such things as ‘Values Award’ and ‘Values Champion’.
  • Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service aid reinforcement of this message. We have a very good relationship with our local Community Support Officer who has a regular presence in school and around our local community.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Links to school values:

Respect

Tolerance/Understanding

  • Our school is not situated in a culturally diverse area; therefore we place great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. This is addressed through RE and Collective Worship, where other faiths and cultures are explored. Our PSHE teaching also reinforces this.
  • Each year the children learn about a world faith alongside their learning of Christianity. This includes Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equality Policy.
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Syllabus for Religious Education. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.  The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.
  • This is supplemented by assemblies which also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali.
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • We hold regular Cultural days where children explore cultural traditions and religious festivals and practices.

 

Individual Liberty

Links to school values:

Respect

Courage

  • Children are actively encouraged to make decisions and choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely. For example through our E-safety and PSHE lessons or even in creative curriculum pupil voice which informs teacher planning each term. It may be that they choose a learning style that they prefer, select how they will carry out or record their learning or even by participate in one of our many extra-curricular clubs for example.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and outside organisations such as the NSPCC and Stepping Out, as well as through the PSHE curriculum.
  • Through our school values and the SEAL and GOGIVERS PSHE program, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • SEAL has specific units relating to individual liberty including ‘Good To Be Me!’

Mutual Respect

Links to school values:

Respect

Friendship

Co-operation

  • As a state school who fully supports Values Based Education, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. Positive relationships are clearly evident between pupils, between pupils and staff and between staff.
  • Through our school’s values assemblies, SEAL scheme, PSHE and circle time children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Everyone at Harlescott Junior School is part of the team, all have a role to play and are respected for their contribution to the school community as a whole.

 At Harlescott Junior School we will actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including those expressing ‘extremist’ views.

Preventing radicalisation and extremism

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.

We have a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all community members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure that the pastoral care of our children protects them from exposure to negative influences.

Safeguarding

We are fully committed to the safeguarding of all our children and this includes against radicalisation.

All staff at our school are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Please note: School Values as Selected by Staff, Pupils, Parents and Governors