British Values Statement
Preparing Children for Life in Modern Britain
At Heytesbury C of E Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and experienced through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, SMSC, PHSE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children experience of a wide variety of cultures and beliefs beyond their local community, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and visitors to the school. Their strong rooted values–based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
- All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils. Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through pupil questionnaires and pupil surveys.
- The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during worship and special days.
- Our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils have discussed.
- Heytesbury pupils have had active involvement in the selection processes of new staff-student panel.
- Election and establishment of School Council, Green Team, House Captains models the democratic process. Teachers ask children to put themselves forward as candidates before conducting a class ballot. School Council meet regularly with the Head, Governors and other visitors
The Right to a Fair Vote
Certain discussions on matters affecting the whole class are put to a vote e.g. purchase of class resources, class rules, etc. Children are encouraged to vote in different contexts and for a range of purposes including on right/wrong decisions relating to circle time, debates for and against, drama and role-play.
Parent Governors and representatives from the Governing Body attend Parent Consultations at least three times a year to be available to hear any parental concerns and or suggestions for improving the school.
Rule of Law
- Our school follows ‘Golden Rules’ which are integral to our learning and ethos.
- School rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during acts of worship and on the playground.
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and Heytesbury enjoys visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Services etc. to help reinforce this message.
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff, parents and governors.
Curriculum Areas: RE, PHSE, PE and Sport
Through these subjects, children study a range of topics including rules for living, how rules influence actions, belonging, suffering and happiness, good sportsmanship, teamwork and collaboration.
- Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. E.g. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
- 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.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The Governing Body has taken an active role in this. The school also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
- Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. House Captains, School Councillors, Young Ambassadors, Playground Buddies, etc.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to and by everyone, adults and children.
- Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship. E.g. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within Acts of Worship and in class.
- Through PHSE and RE curricula pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and difference of family situations.
- Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE
- We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which major religions are studied and respected and global dimension work embedded in many of our Curriculum themes. These curriculum themes offer children the chance to reflect on our core [Christian] values and British values.
‘Prevent’ is part of the Government’s response to counter terrorism and violent extremism and ‘WRAP’ (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) is the Home Office’s official anti-radicalisation training scheme. All staff and governors have participated in this training. The minimum legal requirement is that all schools should have at least 1 member of staff who has attended the official WRAP training. (DfE ‘Prevent’ Guidance June 2015). The member of staff is Phillippa Witt (based at Crockerton School).