British Values Statement


TEACHING BRITISH VALUES

Promoting British Values at Hurst Knoll St James’ CE Primary School

The DfE have recently reinforced the 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 have been reiterated this year (2015). Every child and member of staff are in a ‘House’ named after the four British Values. This ensures they are referred to and discussed on a daily basis. Each house leads an assembly throughout the school year to promote and recognise the importance of Democracy, Law, Liberty and Tolerance.  

At Hurst Knoll St James’ these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to drawing up of their charter. We have a Primary Leadership Team (PLT) and Faith Leadership Team (FLT). Both who meet regularly with the Headteacher and/or Inclusion and PSHE Leader to discuss issues raised in class meetings and discussions. The PLT and FLT are genuinely able to effect change within the school. 

We have a Head Boy/Girl, Deputy Head Boy/Girl voted for by the staff. Requirements of their role include: being an exemplary role model for others in the school by manner, dress, overall appearance and attitude to others; to lead a House and coordinate the house points across Key Stage 2; to always promote the correct values and standards of behaviours.

Children have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Hurst Knoll St James’. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our ‘HKSJ Way’ Rules and are promoted through our Behaviours for Learning Policy. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty
At Hurst Knoll St James’, 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how

to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety, SRE and PSHE lessons.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs and Mutual Respect
Hurst Knoll St James’ is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Collective Worship, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths. 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.