British Values Statement
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. All staff and governors are trained about their responsibilities, as outlined in the Prevent Duty. At our schools our core values are based on rights and respect. In our school, pupil voice plays an integral part in shaping the future of our schools and children’s views and ideas are sought on a daily basis as part of our curriculum.
British Values are not taught as a separate subject, but are interwoven into our values and our curriculum. We ensure our children embody British Values and realise that these are an essential quality to have. These values are reinforced constantly at our school through:
- The school council
- At Hazel Wood Infant School we have “Eco Warriors”.
- A broad and balanced curriculum that teaches elements of democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths and an age appropriate level
- A website which reflects diversity
- A Positive behaviour policy which encourages tolerance and mutual respect founded on the values of rights and respect.
- Opportunities for children to vote democratically, for example, children vote for rewards when they fill their marble jar for good behaviour
- An SMSC Policy which sets out what we hope to achieve