At Houndsfield School, British values are a fundamental cornerstone of everything we do and they are intrinsically integrated into school life. At its core is our commitment to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and our curriculum which prepares children for life beyond primary school, life in British society and the wider world. Working in partnership we promote the importance of local, national and international community and facilitate the children’s learning through the six big ideas. These six big ideas are placed in context through a set of core texts which have been carefully selected and are linked to our social justice curriculum. Some of the subjects we approach are tricky, so we use the medium of literature to tackle these issues in a fun and creative way.
We firmly believe that British values are values of democracy and humanity, where we promote the value of living in a diverse country that seeks to live in harmony with people from all walks of life. We pride ourselves on being a ‘rights respecting’ educational environment that places high importance on the following areas of British Values.
The voice of all children is important and they have a right to express their true feelings. We support this right by ensuring children have a forum where they can express their opinion through our school parliament. The election of members of parliament (MP) is solely based on the votes by the children with each elected MP tasked to seek the views of every child. We train our MP’s and support them in their important leadership role, so that they are able to perform the duties required.
We are passionate about pupil voice and believe that our school parliament and voting system reflects the British electoral system, demonstrating democracy in action. This area of British values is linked directly to our school charter and curriculum.
The Rule of Law
A fundamental part of British life is following the laws of the land. At Houndsfield, we have the same expectations and we deliver this through our school charter. Our school charter is based on the UNCRC and five core articles that we believe contribute to a happy and productive learning environment where every child enjoys learning. As part of our school behaviour policy we encourage children to think about their actions and how they impact on the learning of others.
We refer to our school charter to enforce that every child has a right to an education. Such is the importance of our school charter we acknowledge those children who embody the articles of the UNCRC by rewarding them with rights points. As children build up their collection of rights points, in their rights passport they show their increasing understanding of our school charter and are awarded with bronze, silver, gold and ambassador level badges. Rights ambassadors are expected to model our school charter to the whole school community. This area of British values is linked directly to our school charter and curriculum.
We believe that education should be empowering and we do this by ensuring that children are provided with regular opportunities to make choices, whilst knowing that they are in a supportive environment. Our school charter provides boundaries but it also clearly states the rights of children.
We use our curriculum to ensure children’s rights are understood by all and are actively discussed and worked on. Being and feeling safe is also an important individual liberty, which we promote through our learning to live together sessions in class and through participation in national initiatives, such as, anti-bullying week, parliament week and internet safety week.
Our whole school community works hard to provide children with many extra curricula activities that widen their views and broaden their horizons. We value each-others personal freedoms whilst also respecting the right to a clean and safe environment. The whole school community is passionate about the environment and pride ourselves on the quality of our learning spaces both inside and outside. This area of British values is linked directly to our school charter and curriculum.
Our schools are diverse places, with children and adults that reflect modern Britain. We teach our children the importance of being part of a community that has rich cultural roots. We link everyday issues directly to the curriculum through our big ideas and encourage children to think about matters such as global warming and apartheid. These kinds of topics require our children to learn about mutual respect so that they are able to apply their learning to everyday life.
At Houndsfield we are proud of the way our children understand that their behaviour choices have an impact on their own rights and the rights of others. This area of British values is linked directly to our school charter and curriculum.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Every member of Houndsfield brings something truly unique to school life. Our school is situated in a culturally diverse area, where people of faith and no faith live together. Our curriculum enables our children to understand the importance of everyone being allowed to have a belief or faith. We encourage all our children to look at the value different beliefs and faiths bring to our community and we regularly link our school assemblies, learning to live together time and our dedicated RE days to the different views of others.
We actively encourage members of different faith communities to talk to the children and share their experience and culture. Our children are proud to talk about their own personal faiths and beliefs and are equally as proud to stand hand in hand, bound by the bonds of friendship with children of different faiths and united in our common heritage of living in British society. This area of British values is linked directly to our school charter and curriculum.