Promoting British Values
The DfE have 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 were reiterated in 2014. At Sugar Hill Primary these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Sugar Hill Primary is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in council meetings.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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 help reinforce this message.
Within 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and 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 E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, 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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Sugar Hill Primary is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Sugar Hill Primary we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values.
When reviewing SMSC Provision at Sugar Hill Primary School, we consider British Values, Character Education and Global Learning to be inextricably linked within the three PSHE strands: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Our School Motto ‘Learning and Growing Together’ is central to the work we do in the curriculum and hidden curriculum of our school. We are immensely proud of our school and our local community and strive to work with all stakeholders to prepare our children for their future in an ever changing world.
We take our Safeguarding Responsibilities seriously to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
A newly established Working Party (2016-2017) with representation from children, staff, parents and governors, will be focusing on how our children can be prepared for life in Modern Britain. The overall aim of this Working Party is to ensure we provide a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, promoting Spiritual, Moral, Cultural, Mental and Physical development of all pupils at school and, as much as possible, to influence beyond the classroom. In doing so, we will be addressing and actively promoting SMSC, British Values, The Equalities Act and our Statutory Duty with regards to the Prevent Strategy.
School values, ethos and climate are at the heart of strong SMSC development at Sugar Hill Primary. As part of these values, our school actively promotes British Values.
At Sugar Hill Primary, we are working hard to ensure we prepare our children for life in modern Britain.
To support our work on British Values 'Mini-Police at Sugar Hill' is a new initiative launched Summer Term 2016 involving a group of Year 4 pupils who applied for the position. These pupils will be involved in Community Events 2016-2017 when they are Year 5 pupils. All Year 5 pupils participate in the Junior Education Programme with a range of visitors supporting learning opportunities in the classroom.