Hello, I am Miss Garrity and I am the British Values coordinator at Hayfield Lane Primary School
Promoting British Values at Hayfield Lane Primary School
In accordance with the Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure that young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. The promotion of British values is not something new to our curriculum at Hayfield Lane Primary School. Such values are at the core of all we do whether it be through our assemblies, our RE curriculum, our personal, social, and health lessons or through other areas of the curriculum.
The term British values can be somewhat misleading as these values are integral to so many countries across the world. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ all people living in England are subject to its law.
The key values are
- Rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the class rules.
At the beginning of every school year children from year 3 -6 are invited to apply for the role of school councillor. Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to write a speech to present to the class. Each class then holds a secret ballot; the children then respect the majority decision.
The school council meet regularly to discuss what they feel needs to be improved within the school and also to take on projects that they can lead within school. They then feedback to the classes informing their peers of what has been discussed in the meeting and also to vote on ideas raised and ask for ideas as well.
In class, we work together and listen to each other’s views and ideas. If we cannot come to a unanimous decision, we will vote and decide which ideas we prefer to ensure the decision is fair.
RULE OF LAW
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school, or the country, is consistently reinforced at Hayfield Lane Primary School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school and the values and reasons behind rules and laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Furthermore, they are also taught about the importance of laws, how laws are made and the different laws that keep us safe.
Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Expectations are reinforced regularly and opportunities are sought frequently to praise positive choices. Pupils modelling behaviour consistent with the school’s high expectation are regularly recognised and used as role models to others. Opportunities are provided regularly for children and staff to participate or spectate in sporting activities which represent good examples of fairness, rules and etiquette in sport for example school sports day and PE lessons. Extra-curricular clubs (such as football and rugby) emphasise why rules and boundaries are necessary to ensure safety
In class we listen carefully to rules and behaviour expected by the class teacher and other adults in the school.
At Hayfield Lane Primary, 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 given the freedom to make choices and become critical thinkers through evaluating, reflecting and collecting valid and reliable evidence to make good decisions, for example: whether it is through choice of challenge; how they record their learning using key skills to present information and communicate ideas; or by choosing to participate in our extracurricular clubs and opportunities.
Safeguarding our pupils and staff is paramount and PSHE/e-Safety lessons aim to equip pupils with the skills to make safe choices. All classes in school are taught about how to keep safe outdoors, indoors and online through our ICT and PSHE scheme which is age appropriate.
All classes have ground rules, which are a very important part of the PSHE lessons. This is a class agreement, with a set of rules that are kept to consistently and revisited throughout the lesson. This is one of the main ways to ensure there is a safe teaching and learning environment.
MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE
Partnership activities develop the children’s empathy for others through celebrating cultural variety and richness and help to challenge and dispel misleading and negative stereotypes.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as 'Respect', and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.
Dojo’s, stickers and certificates are given for positive attitudes and behaviours. High levels of mutual respect are demonstrated daily in the excellent relationships between staff and pupils.
Hayfield Lane Primary actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. 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.