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The Best For All ~ From Each The Best

Houldsworth Valley aims to instil a sense of pride in everyone who learns here. We aim to provide an excellent education in a safe, supportive learning environment, where people are valued and make positive contributions to the school community, and where our pupils go on to become responsible, independent members of society.

How British Values are Promoted at Houldsworth Valley Primary School

Introduction

At Houldsworth Valley Primary School we are determined to create an inclusive learning community where each individual is given the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential. We aim to challenge and support all of our children, helping them strive to be lifelong learners and ensure they are prepared for life in Modern Britain.

We value each and every member of our School Community as individuals and respect their rights and freedom. Through our ethos ‘The Best For All ~ from Each The Best’, our positive, restorative approach, our golden rules and our promotion of the core values of…

  • Care
  • Co-operation
  • Courtesy
  • Commitment
  • Consideration

…we support our children to grow and develop as responsible adults and British citizens.

The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and published guidance on promoting British Values in November 2014. These values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our bespoke curriculum is designed to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to learn and reflect on the British Values that underpin our lives. Our ethos ‘The Best For All ~ From Each The Best’ underpins our commitment to the promotion and development of our children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. We utilise a number of approaches and activities including our rigorous commitment to restorative practice, our ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ programme, our inclusive approach to learning from and about faiths in RE and, amongst others, our daily acts of collective worship and reflection, both in class and school assemblies, to achieve this.

Moral Development

In addition to our Personal Health, Social and Citizenship Education (PHSCE) programme, regular activities such as our ‘Check In’ sessions and our use of Circles as well as our daily assemblies allow and encourage our children to discuss British Values and understand how these are relevant to them.

The children are supported in their moral development by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong.
  • Readily apply this understanding in their own lives.
  • Respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Investigate and offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
  • Understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

 

Social Development

Our children have a wide range of opportunities to work collaboratively within class, across year groups and phases. We promote ‘Buddy Systems’ for mid phase admissions, Play Leaders and Lunchtime Helpers who actively support other children throughout the day including break-time and lunchtimes.

Houldsworth Valley Primary School is at the heart of the local community and we encourage our children to show care and consideration for others through charitable work and young citizenship. The School Council ensure that all our children can influence decision making through the democratic process.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the Personal Health and Relationship areas of study on individual rights and responsibilities including respect and valuing difference in the way people choose to live in modern British Society.

Our children are encouraged to develop socially by:

  • Using a range social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Being encouraged to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including volunteering.
  • Co-operating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Understanding the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
  • Accepting and engaging with the fundamental British Values of:
    • Democracy
    • The rule of law
    • Individual liberty
    • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths, beliefs and life choices.

This will develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow our pupils to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in Modern Britain.

Cultural Development

At Houldsworth Valley Primary School we value the diverse ethnic background of all our pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and learning to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world.

Through our RE curriculum and Personal Social and Citizenship Education themes there are a range of learning opportunities which have strong links to the United Kingdom, through which we develop our children’s cultural understanding by enabling our children to:

  • Understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
  • Understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within School and beyond our local community as an essential element of their preparation for life in Modern Britain.
  • To gain knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Be willing to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Gain an interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity.
  • Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religions, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Spiritual Development

Our children are encouraged to reflect on the predominant religious and moral values that underpin our democratic and multi-cultural British society. Through our RE learning weeks, assemblies and celebratory events, our children learn about the similarities and differences of other religions and are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs whilst tolerating the different viewpoints of others including those who do not have a religious faith.

We aim to develop our children spiritually by supporting them to:

  • Gain the ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that informs their perspective on their life, show an interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
  • Have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning differences about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Use imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • Be willing to reflect on their own experiences.

Conclusion

At Houldsworth Valley Primary School we believe that, through promoting British Values, our children will become responsible citizens for the future who show mutual respect and tolerance of others, value their own liberty and understand the rules of law and democracy whilst demonstrating care and compassion for all

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