British Values at Hothfield
Promoting British Values at Hothfield
Maintained schools are required to promote spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society (Education Act 2002). The Department for Education published specific advice entitled ‘Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools’ in November 2014.
This advice makes clear what is expected of schools in promoting fundamental British values:
‘Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.’
At Hothfield, these values are promoted in the following ways:
- Children have their voice heard. Each year they elect a class representative for the school council. The whole school take part in the election of the School Council Leadership team.
- When there is a national General Election, the school holds a mock election so children engage in the national debate.
- The School Council represents the children’s views in discussion on many aspects of school life. Twice a year the School Council leads on our Pupil Survey asking and responding to the children’s views on school life.
The Rule of Law
Hothfield is working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. All children are aware of their rights as outlined in the UNICEF Rights of the Child. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
The Hothfield Golden Standards are our set of over-arching rules which govern how all behave at school. For social times, pupils follow the Playtime Golden Rules. Each class has its own Talk Rules and other class-specific rules and standards.
Our PE curriculum and use of competition to promote learning across the curriculum (for instance the termly Spelling and Times Tables Bees) promotes the concept of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation that promotes kinship and affiliation with others.
The importance of law (or rules or standards), whether they be those that govern the class, school or the country, are consistently discussed and reinforced through regular school days, in response to specific issues as they arise, and through assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities and agencies such as the police and the fire service are regular parts of the school calendar and help to reinforce this message.
At Hothfield, 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 of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around the core value of ‘Respect’. Pupils are part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Valuing and respecting our differences is a key theme of school assembly. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At Hothfield, we enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE.
Within our RE curriculum and through the annual assembly programme, children learn about the key features, beliefs and traditions of Christianity and other faiths. Through the year, festivals rooted in British, Christian and other faith traditions are celebrated. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Daily Collective Worship, through the school assembly, is mainly of a broadly Christian character whilst respecting the fact that those attending may be of different faiths or of none.