The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Harlowbury Primary School, these values are an integral part of our core values and are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Through our Vision Statement
“We believe that all learners leaving Harlowbury will be compassionate, courageous and confident citizens who can contribute to the ever changing global community.”
Through Our 5 Cs
Democracy is seen as part of the children’s rights at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, during assemblies and in discussion with children in P4C. Children elected to be on the School Council represent the views of their classmates on various issues. The children are frequently encouraged to work as teams to make decisions and to hear and respect the views of all parties. The children also get the opportunity to vote on certain activities and treats.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or
Country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day including assemblies, as well as when dealing with behaviour. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and events such as Crucial Crew are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. P4C sessions often have a theme of Fairness and Justice which are explored within the inquiries.
Within school, pupils 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 pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online and Personal, Social and Health Education. Pupils are educated in their rights to be safe from harm and ways to prevent this through lessons and visits from bodies such as the NSPCC, Childline, The Two Johns and Bike ability. Pupils are able to make educated choices around challenge, school lunches, how they record their learning, participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and other opportunities as they arise.