At Harrold we promote British values through our curriculum, extra-curricular activities, teaching and learning. By doing so, we will ensure that all children understand the values that have traditionally underpinned British society. The teaching of these values will promote cohesiveness within our school and community. We will prepare children for life in England where the population has an increasingly rich diversity of backgrounds, origins, beliefs and cultures by promoting the values on which our society has been built. By teaching children these values we will empower them to develop their autonomy as flexible thinkers who are socially, morally, physically and spiritually sound.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Harrod these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. One school council member from each year group is voted in by their class. 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. Children 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.
Within school, children 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 children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children 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. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of Harrold Primary School 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.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Harrold is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
At Harrold Primary we will actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.