At West Hill Primary School we actively promote British Values in order to prepare all children to be responsible and respectful members of the community. We value the diverse backgrounds of our pupils and their families and undertake a variety of lessons and events to celebrate these.
We aim to teach tolerance and respect for differences across the wider world and within our school community.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy; these values are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and a tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
In our school examples of this are explained below.
Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard:
In addition, pupils have the chance to give their input and feedback into the curriculum, by deciding on areas within topics they would like to learn about.
Our School Council will also be visiting the Houses of Parliament later on this academic year.
The Rule of Law
The children are introduced to our school rules from the Early Years, developing an understanding of the importance of laws in a fair and just society. Rules are discussed both in class and assemblies and the concept of fair play is promoted in PE lessons. The importance of rules and laws, whether they are those that govern a class, school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day by adults and pupils alike. The School Council discussed and decided upon our school rules and our traffic light system for behaviour. Children understand that they have a responsibility to follow rules and that there are consequences when rules are broken.
Children are taught to value the reasons behind the laws and the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Developing the children’s self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence so that they can distinguish right from wrong and respect the civil and criminal law of England is a key value at West Hill.
Children are encouraged to have high aspirations, to make choices and to participate fully in the opportunities that our school offers. We strive to ensure that children can enjoy and achieve in all aspects of school life regardless of any barriers that they may face. Children are regularly taught strategies to keep themselves safe. For example, PSHE and e-safety lessons help to educate the children in how to use their rights to have a positive influence on their own and others’ lives. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make their own choices.
At West Hill we want to ensure that children understand how to show respect for themselves, for others and for the rules of the school and society. It is important that our children show respect for all members of their community, including these who are different to them in terms of age, needs, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and culture.
In our multi-cultural school children learn about and celebrate different cultures and faiths through RE lessons, assemblies and teaching across the curriculum. Opportunities to learn about the lives and beliefs of other cultures and faiths are taught through the whole school curriculum. Assemblies and Anti-bullying week, for example, are opportunities to address prejudice and its effects on society and individuals.
At West Hill Primary School we aim to develop the children’s ability to show initiative and understand how they can contribute to the wider community. We hope that our children will have the confidence to take risks, assume responsibilities and face the challenges of the future.
At West Hill Primary School, we will actively challenge pupils, staff, parents, Governors or visitors who are expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values.