Promoting British Values at Hazel Oak School
The DfE have reinforced the 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 in 2014 (DFE-00679-2014). At Hazel Oak School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
The school vision, aims and values clearly state the importance we place on each member of the school community as an individual who is valued and respected by everyone else.
Hazel Oak recognises the importance and contribution of the pupil voice and enables pupils to reflectively engage in their learning and to consider or challenge the issues that are important to them within and beyond the school community. This is achieved by:
– Participation in our School Council, which is represented by every class in the school and meets on a monthly basis, supported by Mr Tulloch, AHT. The School Council is listened to by school staff and it is able to effect change. Every child on the school council is voted in by other pupils in their class;
– Focusedwork,where appropriate, during PHSE lessons,engages children in considering what it means to be British and that being British is about living alongside others in a multi-cultural community. Pupils are encouraged to understand the viewpoints and practices, backgrounds and contributions that everyone makes to the country;
– Opportunities to express thoughts and feelings through our challenge-based learning curriculum;
– Pupils completing an annual ‘Pupil Views’ questionnaire that is used to inform the Annual Review of their Statement//EHC plan. Pupils are able to complete this either independently, or with support where necessary.
There is a shared understanding of what politeness, courtesy and good behaviour is, emphasised through the school rules and promoted at all times by staff and pupils alike.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Hazel Oak School. Where appropriate, class rules are agreed and displayed in classrooms.
Pupils are taught, at whatever level is appropriate, the rights of all pupils at the school. They are also taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. For the youngest pupils in school this may be through a thematic approach: e.g. ‘People Who Help Us’.
At Hazel Oak School, pupils are actively encouraged and empowered to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms within a supportive environment, and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety and PSHE work.
Hazel Oak promotes an anti-bullying culture and policies relating to anti-bullying, behaviour and E- safety are in place.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Mutual respect is integral to provision at Hazel Oak. Pupils are encouraged to understand that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect and behaviour management strategies and positive handling plans promote respect and dignity for others.
Hazel Oak provides opportunities for pupils to visit places of significant cultural interest and places of worship within curriculum activities and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school, particularly during assemblies. Pupils develop their understanding and tolerance of beliefs of others during planned activities in Gay History and Black History months.
Each year, the school supports a range of charities with which pupils can identify. The school plans fundraising and awareness-raising activities to support these charities through social enterprise activities, curriculum opportunities and global awareness themes.