Promoting British (Human) Values
REVIEWED AUGUST 2016
Signed BY LEAD TEACHER: ANIL SARNA
Signed BY CHAIR OF TRUSTEES: WENDY HOLLWAY
Next review September 2019
Meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in our provision of SMSC and PSHE
We promote British values that guarantee mutual respect, rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We prefer to call them human values as we do not believe they are exclusive to Britain and we want all of our students from their different origins to feel embraced by these values and recognize them as part of British traditions as well as a great many other countries’ and peoples’ around the world
These values are taught through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE)and SMSC. We also actively promote these values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes suitable opportunities for exploring these values. This is done especially through our topic based learning, how we communicate with each other, citizenship and the study of how British democracy works, community service, the democratic school meeting and how we communicate with each other
Our school ethos and behaviour policy is based around the core values of mutual respect and a sense of responsibility towards others. We communicate feelings and make requests without judging others. The school is democratically run so we learn to make decisions for the good of the whole school community and we arrive at these decisions through a process of communication based on mutual respect. We carry out community service projects to manifest respect for others through helping those who may not be able to help themselves.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced. The behavior code and school rules are drawn up with the students in our democratic meeting. We feel the best way to enforce rules is by the awareness and motivation of the pupils themselves to run their school successfully. This does not always work well so the teachers are there to encourage and promote good behavior and make sure rules are followed. We praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are applauded not only for achievement in curriculum areas but for positive behaviour such as kindness, helpfulness, team work, creativity and for demonstrating initiative. We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways:
- Teachers congratulate children
- Teachers give whole class rewards
- Teachers give greater responsibilities to children
- Each week, we celebrate achievements of all students inside and outside of the classroom. It is an opportunity for the children to share their progress with others, inspire and be inspired.
Feeling connected to the world begins with feeling connected to the school. Everybody matters and everybody has a voice. We feel that empowerment in education begins with having a greater say in how the school is run for both students and staff.
A school meeting with all the teachers and students decides on all pastoral matters: behaviour, rules in school time, uniform, upkeep of the school environment and more. Decisions are made by arriving at a consensus, and if that is not possible through majority voting with teachers and students having one vote each.
Time will be given over every week to discuss issues, to encourage free speech, to develop the ability to express one’s opinion in public and to listen to other points of view before making decisions. Students will be expected to do some research to back up proposals to the school meeting. Some new ideas will be trialed to understand better the impact and implications they may have before we firmly commit to making them school policy.
The meeting itself is an important opportunity for learning how to communicate. The emphasis is on listening to the speaker without interrupting, analysing and then speaking with respect towards the individuals and the group. Students learn about non-violent communication to nurture relationships where students feel free to express themselves whilst respecting others.
Individual liberty comes hand in hand with collective responsibility. Liberty to do what you want cannot impinge on another person’s liberty. Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to think independently and feel that they are able to express their ideas with confidence and that these are valued. At the same time they are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of others and be supportive of their peers and younger members of the school community.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. We use opportunities to invite parents and others to visit and talk to the children about their celebrations (eg: Chinese New Year, Hannukah, their countries and their life and work experiences.