Redbrook Hayes Community Primary School

British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

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

How do we promote these values at Redbrook Hayes Community Primary School?

We actively promote all British values through:
  • Focusing on and showing how the school’s work is effective in securing these values
  • Challenging pupils, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to British values

We actively promote 'Democracy' through:

  • Providing pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services, this includes regular visits from local councilors, Police and Fire Officers.
  • Teaching pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process, this includes visits to Parliament and polling days for learners in school.
  • Including in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain, particularly when learning about Ancient Greece, Invaders and Titanic.
  • Encouraging pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school through our Junior Lead Learning Team.
  • Holding ‘mock elections’ and debates so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view.
  • Helping pupils to express their views, and ensuring all have a voice.
  • Modeling how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.
  • Utilising every opportunity for learners to share views and opinions in a constructive and purposeful way.

We actively promote 'Rule of Law' through:

  • Ensuring school rules and expectations are clear and fair for all.
  • Regularly reviewing Classroom Code of Conduct and expectations.
  • Celebrating those who adhere to these rules and expectations consistently through special 'Gold' celebration days.
  • Helping pupils to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Helping pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made.
  • Helping pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals, this is achieved through E-Safety sessions on Copyright and debates for example on the impact of graffiti.
  • Organising regular visits from the police throughout the year.

We actively promote 'Individual Liberty' through:

  • Supporting pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence and offering a range of interventions such as Positive Play, Lego Therapy, Counseling and Nurture Groups to support learners who may find this more difficult.
  • Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as understanding their right to be listened to in all situations, as outlined in our Behaviour for Learning policy.
  • Modeling freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence, particularly through history where we critique accounts from the past.
  • Challenging stereotypes and implementing a strong anti-bullying culture. this is achieved through PSHE topics on difference and diversity, Anti-Bullying week activites and regular revision in collective worship.
  • Teaching a comprehensive programme of E-Safety throughout the school, which encourages learners to reflect and critique their own online behaviours and what it says about them as individuals.

We promote 'Respect and Tolerance' through:

  • Promoting respect for individual differences through regular collective worship and exposing learners to a variety of different cultures and beliefs throughout the curriculum.
  • Helping pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life through eduction and understanding of other cultures in RE and PSHE.
  • Challenging prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour at all levels within our organisation.
  • Discrimination of any kind is not tolerated, as outlined in our Behaviour policy and our Parents code of conduct.
  • Organising visits to contrasting localities and places of worship.
  • Developing links with faith and other communities through RE and working alongside children and their families.
  • Teaching learners to disagree in a respectful way.
  • Developing critical personal thinking skills through our Learning and Life Skills curriculum.

 Alongside this, each of our Connected Curriculum topics have specific links to promoting Fundamental British Values (please see our class curriculum pages on this site) and a range of activities throughout the year which promote the values and ethos of the school, as well as extra-curricular provision contribute to our promotion of these key values.

Please see our British Values Statement (below) which outlines more ways in which we promote these values throughout every child's learning adventure at Redbrook Hayes.

Redbrook Hayes British Values Statement