How we promote British Values at Harrow Gate Primary Academy

The DFE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation for 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.’

At Harrow Gate Primary Academy we are commited to promoting values which ensure our pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility which will prepare them for life in modern Britain. We would like to share with our parents how we promote these values.

Democracy

The school values pupil voice and we ask the pupils about their learning, their concerns and for their ideas about how we can improve things for them.

The Rule of Law

Our school adheres to our Behaviour policy. The children understand the school rules and what happens if these rules are broken. At the start of each year classes discuss class rules and agree a charter to abide by. During PSHE lessons and assemblies children learn about the importance of having rules and how these relate to laws. We use a specific PSHE resource called JIGSAW to promote moral, spiritual, social and cultural awareness among our pupils. We want our children to have a well-developed sense of justice. They understand and are able to discuss why there needs to be consequences for those who break the rules or laws. By being immersed in the ethos of the school, our children learn about their responsibility to be law abiding citizens.

Individual Liberty

Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment, we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely.

For example:

  • Choices about what learning challenge or activity to do.
  • Choices around the participation in extra-curricular activities.
  • Choices about lunchtime options, and so on.

Our behaviour policy is built on the principle that children are responsible for their own actions and choices and that these have consequences. Any sanctions that are carried include 'Time Out' to reflect on how behaviour choices can be better improved. We also use the expertise of our Inclusion Team to support children who struggle to make safe and sensible choices. During PSHE, e-Safety lessons and Assemblies children are also reminded how to keep themselves safe whilst they exercise their rights and personal freedoms. Safeguarding is embedded in every aspect of school life.

Moral Respect and Tolerance

Our ethos at Harrow Gate Primary Academy is based on mutual respect and good manners. Adults actively model respect with one another, and with the children, in how we speak and treat one another. Our school is an important part of the community and, through our creative curriculum, we promote an awareness of different faiths and we encourage our pupils to recognise and understand these faiths. Our pupils naturally show tolerance for others and have a curiosity to find out and understand cultures and faiths that are different from their own.

At Harrow Gate Primary Academy we will actively challenge pupils, parents or staff who express opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.

British Values through the Curriculum

Within our school curriculum there are planned opportunities to teach the values of our society. Some examples are:

  • Geography: We ensure that children have a better understanding of what Britain is, learning more about its capital cities and counties, its rivers and mountains, where Britain is in relation to the rest of Europe and other countries in the world.
  • History: Britain and its influence in modern times are aspects woven into our imaginative learning projects
  • Music: The study of British composers and their influence worldwide.
  • Art: The study of how British artist influence others around the world.
  • Religious, Moral & Spiritual Education: Gaining a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices, this covers key religions represented in the UK.  Planning for the subject is directed by the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) – Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. All children have the opportunity to visits places of worship that are important to different to faiths.
  • Physical Education: Through the promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success.
  • Computing: Children are also taught about respect and bullying in the online world also, through our learning platform and though regular e-safety lessons.
  • Educational visits: Our broad range of educational visits and experiences outside of the classroom equip our children with the skills to make a positive contribution to their community as equal citizens, as well as being able to look at British heritage in more depth.

British Values through 'Jigsaw' lessons