The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014). At Hutton Cranswick these values are reinforced regularly.We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities - this document can be found at the bottom of the page.
"The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and of British values and concepts such as democaracy, tolerance and the rule of law is good." Ofsted, May 2015
Each year the children decide upon their classroom rules charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets weekly and takes their findings back to their class. The council members are elected by their classmates and record back to them details of meetings and take their views and opinions to council meetings.
Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Railway Police and the Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, 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 choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and SEAL lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. The children have access to a safe online platform called MakeWaves where they can build their own profiles. They have the freedom of speech in their blogs and in comments in an environment that is monitored carefully.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our school vision and aims. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Hutton Cranswick is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and SEAL teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Hutton Cranswick Primary we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
How do we teach these British Values across the curriculum?