The Department for Education states that there is a need 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".
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Helen Allison School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
These values are taught explicitly through:
- Personal Development Education (PDE)
- Religious Education (RE)
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
We also teach British values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We have achieved the following external accreditation which demonstrates evidence of our commitment to British values:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. The pupils have worked together and agreed a set of class codes which we at Helen Allison School actively work and live by; this is our 'Class Code of Conduct'. These codes are available in each classroom and are actively used by pupils and staff to influence others’ behaviour.
The rule of law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced during regular school days. 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 and fire service are regular parts of our Family Fun Days and help reinforce this message.
At 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment, a planned curriculum and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, eg signing up for lunchtime clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons, negotiating their meal time and are becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning.
Respect is one of the core values in our school. This can be seen and felt in our ethos in school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, however big or small. The core value of respect at Helen Allison School underpins our work every day, both in and out of the classroom. Pupils and staff alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding and their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity in our local community. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
We celebrate 'Foods around the World' as a school, along with a number of religious ceremonies, such as Diwali. We encourage pupils to research and discover differences between themselves and students from other countries. Likewise, we use opportunities such as the Olympics to study and learn about life and cultures in the countries of those who participate. We employ teachers and support staff who have English as an additional language and bring a varied cultural experience to Helen Allison School.
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British Values Leaflet