Promoting British Values
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At High View Primary Learning Centre, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy permeates the Academy. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard throughout the Student Council and pupil questionnaires. Our house team system as well as our school behaviour policy involves rewards which the pupils vote on through the School Council.
At High View we have a very proactive School Council. All classes from Year 1 to Year 6 elect 2 Class Council representatives each year. These Class Council representatives attend regular School Council meetings, presenting and representing their fellow classmates. The School Council are thoroughly integrated into whole school decision making.
We promote, listen to and respect the Pupil Voice. Our School Council genuinely effect change within the school. In school, subject leaders, class teachers and senior leaders consult pupils regularly to discuss the evolving curriculum, subject planning, behaviour management, transition and enrichment opportunities.
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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Pupils and adults at our school actively support and follow our Golden Rules:
We celebrate our ‘Always Pupils’ weekly in our Golden Rule Assembly and hold half-termly reward celebrations to recognise all our pupils who follow the Golden Rules - either through certificates or through our Big Cat celebration.
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, Thunk assemblies and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in golden time opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values.
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. This is again reflected through school policies and our Golden Rules. Respect for others is celebrated in class, at playtime and during lunchtimes. Our SMSAs award daily stickers and millionaire tickets to recognise respectful behaviour at lunch time.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
At High View 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, PSHE and philosophy teaching reinforce this. We are proud to say not only are different faiths and beliefs tolerated at our school, they are regularly and actively celebrated.
At High View we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
There is published guidance from the Department of Education that offers advice to schools around promoting British values through SMSC.
To read this guidance, please click on this link: