Promoting British Values at Ashton Hayes Primary School

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 have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. 

At Ashton Hayes Primary School we encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect.  We also respect the views of those who have different faiths and beliefs.

Children discuss British Values on our VLE pages and show how we celebrate them in our school. They can investigate on the individual pages, comment in the Forums and Blogs and learn about what it means to be British.

At Ashton Hayes Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is widespread across our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Council who meet at least once a month. Every child on the School Council is voted in by their class and have the opportunity to put forward their views and opinions at the meetings. We promote our own school values on a daily basis and these are discussed in assembly on a weekly basis – the value changes fortnightly. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards and was constructed with the support of the Student Council.

Individual Liberty

At Ashton Hayes Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make the right choices, following our school values. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make wise choices, through a provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Ashton Hayes Primary School. This happens throughout the school day when dealing with behaviour issues 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 to reinforce this message.

Mutual Respect

One of our core purposes is to develop social, moral, spiritual and cultural values, showing respect and an understanding of the lifestyles of others and the diversity of the world. Pupils have discussions both in class and assemblies relating to what this means and how it is shown. Displays around the school promote our school values and this is reiterated through our classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. We have strong sporting values that are demonstrated through our team games against local schools and competitive sporting events that are regularly attended. All children are taught to show good sportsmanship whether they win, lose or draw.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ashton Hayes Primary School is not a diverse school. However, we actively promote diversity through our teaching and celebration of different faiths and cultures. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been held and are supported by learning in RE and PSHE.