The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in 2014. The actual teaching of ‘British Values’ is not a separate lesson/series of lessons rather it is addressed across the curriculum and whenever opportunities arise.
At Hartford Manor these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in classes. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school on a specific topic. Each year a group of Y5 children undertake a project, alongside an academic researcher; they focus on an area from the current School Development Plan. Previous topics have included the school build, learning behaviours, Talk for Writing, school vision and online safety.
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. Children in Y6 have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament or Downing Street to learn more about the effect that political decisions have on our local community. Where appropriate, visits from agencies such as the NSPCC, the Police and Fire service are invited into school to address topical issues.
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.
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. Y6 children have the opportunity to apply for various roles and responsibilities, many of which involve supporting the younger children in school (reading buddies, House Captains, playground buddies, peer mentors, Head Boy/Girl, librarians, Junior Safety officers and Sports Ambassadors). At Hartford Manor we have a House system whereby children from different age groups work together towards a common goal and receive recognition for their efforts.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Hartford Manor 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 PSHE teaching reinforce this. We are currently developing links with a school in Uganda.