Promoting British Values

Preparing Children for life in Modern Britain

At Haversham Village School we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously.  We ensure that the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.

All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering the children’s understanding of these concepts.  In particular, our PSHE and Citizenship syllabus helps to provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding and key skills.  Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.

Our school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond our school, during which these concepts are shown, for example, through sporting events, Music Festival participation which involves a visit to a local school, and our annual whole school trip.  Our strong school vision, “Bringing out the best in everyone” provides an excellent platform for embracing difference.

What are the British Values?
Democracy
  • Having a voice and listening to others
  • Turning listening into action to improve the community
The Rule of Law
  • Truth and honesty
  • Knowing right and wrong
  • Finding solutions
Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect
  • Sense of self
  • Owning my own behaviour
  • Resilience and ability to find solutions
  • UNCRC – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
  • Understanding that everyone is different
  • Respect for rules of the community
  • Safety of myself and others
  • Respect for individuality
  • Respect for faiths and cultures
Democracy

Statement

The children at Haversham Village School see democracy in a whole variety of ways and see this as being an essential component of successful collaboration.  Democracy is a school value that children meet when discussing respect and fairness.

Evidence

  • The School Council each year models the democratic process
  • Learning Walks and regular assemblies about our Golden Rules and behaviour
  • School ethos and Behaviour Policy – behaviour for learning
  • Our attitudes to learning (Chris Quigley)

Impact

  • Children are able to work co-operatively in different sized groups as well as in whole class situations
  • They understand about turn-taking and respecting views of others
  • Children know that their views are listened to and valued and that they can affect change within the school
The Rule of Law

Statement

The children at Haversham Village School are familiar with this concept through the entire work of the school, and through the discussion of our strong ethos and practices.  Children are used to discussing school rules / laws and their application.

Evidence

  • Class rules / learning behaviours, school values
  • PHSE / Citizenship lessons
  • School Council

Impact

  • Children are able to articulate how and why we need to behave in school and demonstrate they understand and can abide by these
Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect

Statement

Discussions about being responsible are fully part of our daily communications and dialogue.  These include discussions about self-respect and self-worth, and that everybody is unique.  Everybody is important in their own right.  Our teaching and learning places emphasis on the right to have our own thoughts and evidence – based views.  Children are strongly encouraged to develop independence in learning and to think for themselves.

Evidence

Children are able to show independence in learning and to think for themselves.

Impact

  • Children understand about the importance of accepting responsibility and of their right to be heard in school
  • They are consulted on many aspects of school life and many demonstrate independence of thought and action

 

Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Statement

Respect is fundamental at Haversham Village School and much of the work centres around this.  Explicit attention is paid to it in our PHSE, RE and SMSC curriculum, and assemblies.  Respect is explored frequently, including self-respect, and covering respect for family, friends and other groups; the world and its people; and the environment.

Evidence

  • Children recognising the signs of good well-being and involvement
  • Working together on projects

Impact

  • Most children can talk about why respect is important, how they feel about themselves
  • Children’s behaviour demonstrates very good understanding through actions and words
  • Children are able to talk about the different faiths and cultures they learn about, ask questions and show tolerance and respect for others of different faith and religions

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