Promoting British values at Healing Primary School
Healing Primary School is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that no-one in the school is subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. As a school we are dedicated to preparing students for their future, and to ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five British Values are: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect; tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Our school uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure outcomes for pupils, such as:
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Healing Primary School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl, Prefect positions, and School Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History, PSCHE and RE curriculum and within some assemblies.
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 Healing Primary School. Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school and the link between actions and consequences. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
At Healing Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Healing Primary School educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and School Council work. Healing Primary has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Healing Primary School and is part of its core values. Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society, and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Pupils are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The RE curriculum, which is compulsory for all pupils, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
As a school we are part of a 'Big Classroom', through which we share life experiences with children in other schools across the country. This shared experience brings ideas and beliefs together.
Through our SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) education we help pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect British law; encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and contribute positively to society; enable pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, British public institutions and services and to appreciate and respect their own and other cultures.
Healing Primary School strives endlessly to ensure that its pupils leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life, and a successful contribution to our society.