Promoting British Values at Huyton with Roby CE Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a 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 by the Prime Minister in 2014.
At Huyton with Roby, we understand core British Values as:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance towards those of different faiths and cultures
These values flow through the fabric of our school ethos. Pupils are reminded of them both explicitly (during key stage assemblies, collective worship and displays) and implicitly through carefully planned units of work in various subjects.
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupil Voice is valued; pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council members and House Captains are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school rules are deeply rooted in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment; as a result each class has its own Class Charter. Our 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.
Within Huyton with Roby, 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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our E-safety, P4C and PSHCE lessons.
Respect is one of the core values of our school and promoting this is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at Huyton with Roby underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance towards those of different faiths and cultures
Huyton with Roby enhances pupils’ understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education studies; the study of other cultures in History and Geography; P4C and PSHCE lessons.
Children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is excellent and is rooted in the school’s Christian ethos and its approach to prayer, reflection and inclusivity. Children become increasingly confident and self-assured in their understanding of faith, the world around them and their social skills. National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools Report – January 2016