Promoting British Values

September 19th, 2017

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We embrace these values through our vision statement, own school values and enrichment activities. Students at Harrow Way encounter these principles throughout everyday school life to help prepare them for life in modern Britain. Our promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural received high praise at our last Ofsted Inspection in May 2017. We are a Unicef Rights Respecting School Level 2 and this feeds directly in all we do.

Our Vision: ‘Learning for Life – Success for all’

We believe in high standards, a learning environment in which the aptitudes and interests of each individual child are recognised, respected and fully developed. We offer a variety of approaches and teaching strategies to develop each student as an independent, as well as a cooperative learner.


Value: Democracy

Links to school values:
Respect
Tolerance
Understanding

UNCRC Article 12 : Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account

How We Promote It

  • Our school leadership groups play a strong role in our school. They are elected by students and contribute to improving the school. This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • Student forums and questionnaires are conducted throughout the year. We believe that the active participation of our students will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future e.g Youth Parliament
  • We encourage volunteerism in school. This includes activities like sports leaders, RR Peer Educators and Senior Prefects.
  • Democracy is promoted through PSHE lessons and assemblies.

Value: The Rule of Law

Links to school values:
Respect
Cooperation
Courage

UNCRC Article 19 : Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.

How We Promote It

  • Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour, and consistent demonstration of our values through our stamper rewards and celebration assemblies.
  • This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our students in the understanding of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider public. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our students.

Value: Individual Liberty

Links to school values:
Respect
Courage

UN CRC Article 31: All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities.
UN CRC Article 15: Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

How We Promote It

  • We have created a culture so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons we encourage students to reflect and make choices.
  • Departments build in choice and guide students to make choices which challenge them. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. Through our curriculum, we educate students in their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. We believe that this will encourage students to value the right of the individual liberty and develop a strong foundation for later life.

Value: Mutual Respect

Links to school values:
Respect
Friendship
Cooperation

UN CRC Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.
UN CRC Article 30: Children have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.

How We Promote It

  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Single Equality Policy.
  • As a Rights Respecting School students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect as this is our central ethos. They learn to work cooperatively and collaborate, to be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of difference.

Value: Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Links to school values:
Respect
Tolerance/Understanding

UN CRC Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.

How We Promote It

  • At Harrow Way we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. We believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and responsible British citizens.
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.
  • Tolerance and acceptance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Hampshire County Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education – Living Difference. Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals. The children’s work on this subject or whole school learning in assemblies is often displayed in the classrooms or around the school.

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