Fundamental British values
Five key British values are promoted explicitly and implicitly through the curriculum, the core four values and Christian ethos of our community school.
Activities in and out of the classroom allow children to develop socially, morally, culturally, spiritually.
What are the 5 key British values?
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Our Hope Community values help us to explore these ideas. Here are some examples of how the school addresses these values:
Democracy: all pupils vote for class representatives to serve on the Pupil Parliament, The International Earth Matters Group or as members of the Lighthouse group. In September, the children also developed their understanding of democracy by selecting a name for the new school bear, who was duly named, "Daniel".
The Pupil Parliament discuss democracy with James Brokenshire, MP
The Rule of Law: pupils have class contracts in place to be Ready, Respectful and Safe for learning. These contracts of being Ready, Respectful and Safe form the foundations of how we all engage with each other. Pupils have been developing their understanding of why schools have rules and these can help us to show mutual respect to others, whilst supporting individual liberty and allowing us all to stay safe. When children make poor choices or have disagreements a restorative justice approach is used to enable children to consider what happened, who was hurt, and what needs to be done now to restore the relationship.
Individual Liberty: children explore their rights and those of others through stories in RE, Geography, History and Collectives. Children are also encouraged to understand the link between rights and responsibilities.
relationships with members of the school community are modelled on the school's four key values of openness, creativity, adventure, excellence and the Christina ethos, that we should love one another. This ethos is also the basis of how we treat and consider others beyond our school walls. The way children support and consider other people's needs is exemplified through their prayer life, Collectives and charity events. Children also explore this through literature, such as the story of The Rainbow Fish.
In October, as part of Black History Month, the lives of both Mary Seacole and Martin Luther King will be explored and even though they were not always shown respect, they served the needs of others.
In November 2019, the school will consider how "the change starts with us", as we think about how we can reduce bullying and show respect and care for others.
Tolerance of those with different faiths: children show their respect for others as they learn more about others in areas such as RE, Geography, History, and PSHE and many stories children come across.