The DfE have recently
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. At Glen Hills these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We ensure
it is addressed with teaching and learning opportunities.
Each year the children
decide upon their rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up these.
Children have many
opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely
effect change within the school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Each term the children
in years 2-6 are able to nominate and vote for children for Anti Bullying Champs and Eco team members.
Children have an annual
questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
There are also school
worry boxes throughout school where children can express their views and concerns.
The Rule of
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 and 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 PSHE 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.
As a Rights Respecting
School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. 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
those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Glen Hills 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, PSHE and R2R 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 Glen Hills we will
actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. Such extremist views which are manifested into any pupil will
be approached as a child protection incident.
We have a Community lead at Glen Hills (see subject plan) and ensure these British Values are addressed through activites and visits/visitors so children understand the importance of these