British Values at Hodge Cough 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 were reiterated in 2014.  At Hodge Clough Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.  We hold regular theme days which focus on British values while also running a theme of the week which regularly links to developing British Values at Hodge Clough Primary.

 

We even have our own original poem which helps us to remember and celebrate British Values at HCP.

 


 

 

 

 

The celebration of British Values at Hodge Clough Primary school is displayed throughout school in shared and class areas.

 

We also held our own British Values art competition where the children from each class was encouraged to represent a British Value through a piece of art.  Our winners were selected by the children in a democratic process and were transferred to canvas for our whole school British Values display.

 

 

Democracy

 

At Hodge Clough we nurture belonging and team spirit with our Team Houses.  Our houses are all named after famous figures in British History: Lowry, Pankhurst, Turing, Bradley, Gaskell and Churchill. This year (2017) we have elected Year 6 Head of House members to lead, encourage and inspire children throughout the school.  Our head of house candidates ran their own campaigns and delivered their own manifestos.  The whole school took part in a democratic election and were encouraged to vote for the best representatives following work on what makes an effective leaderThe tradition of Head of House will now be passed on each year.

 

The children also have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have an active school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. School council members are also voted for by their classmates.

 

Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

 

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.

 

We believe strongly that our school is a community and that the children need to be taught as early as possible to appreciate that school is a workplace in which a certain code of behaviour has to be adhered to for the good of the whole community. We use an assertive discipline policy that is based on respect for all members of the school community. (See Behviour Policy in the Policy section of the website).

 

Each class has an individual class charter that the children help to develop at the beginning of the school year. It sets out classroom rules and behaviour expectations. When a child receives a warning for their behaviour, they are encouraged to reflect upon how they have broken the rules from the charter. 

 

Individual Liberty

 

At Hodge Clough Primary school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. 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. Hodge Clough pupils are given the freedom to make choices in a variety of ways. For example, they have choice of participation in our range of extra-curricular clubs, choice of activities for behaviour rewards and what food option they would like for lunch every day.

 

Throughout school a strong emphasis is placed on developing a Growth Mindset.  We believe that developing a Growth Mindset enables our children to make better choices, be more confident in their choices and be more resilient when tackling choices.  The Children at Hodge Clough are raised to believe that they can and they will.  Our aim is to ensure that our children continue to grow their minds and their futures long after they leave the safety of our Primary school.

 

 

 

Mutual Respect

As a Rights Respecting School, 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.

 

We have simple values at Hodge Clough Primary which are frequently shared with the pupils, staff and parents and are displayed prominently around school. Through Our Values we ask our children to:

*Respect Yourselves 

*Respect Others

*Respect your Environment

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

 

Hodge Clough is situated in an area which is becoming increasingly more 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, PSHE and SMSC teaching, assemblies, themes and theme days reinforce this. Our children are actively encouraged to share their knowledge and experience of faith and our tailored RE programme places a strong emphasis on making comparisons between faiths with an importance on the similarities. Members of different faiths or religions from inside and outside our school community are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

 

 

At Hodge Clough Primary we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.