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British Values

Hammond School Values Statement

Current Ofsted guidance on British values states that staff: ‘should ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain.’

This is also supported by the DfE who have recently reinforced the need: ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’

We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.

At Hammond School we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote these British values throughout all aspects of school life. Hammond School’s values are Respect, Co-operation, Resilience, Thoughtfulness, Trust and Responsibility and the school undertakes daily assemblies which uphold these traditional values. These values are taught within formal SEAL, PSHCE and RE lessons and also informally throughout the school day.

We are very proud of our school values and feel that our school values are a true reflection of British Values.

Within Hammond School children are given responsibility to run their own clubs and lead other children in games and activities so that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life. For instance, our older children are play leaders and help to promote our values. We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.

As a school we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons 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. Underpinning all this, are a range of religious education lessons and in class curriculum topics which have strong links to British History.

Specific themes based on British Values alongside our school values are covered throughout the whole school.

Democracy:

Democracy is clearly evident within our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and pupil questionnaires and pupil conferences. The elections of House Captains, as well election to the School Council and Eco Council are based solely on pupil votes. Our school behaviour policy and class charters involve rewards and consequences which the pupils have discussed.

In Year 6 children explore Parliament and hold a House of Commons debate. They also study the General Election and develop an understanding of philosophy. Their ‘Make it Real’ game and their study of ‘The Lord of the Flies’ also deepens their understanding.

In Year 5 children study the Children Charter and Human Rights to gain a deeper understanding of worldwide issues and also investigate the media through their PHSCE project.

In Year 4 children discuss many issues regarding school decisions and expectations and learn to understand the points of view of others.

In Year 3 children regularly discuss issues that affect them as a whole class or year group and establish expectations and consequences as part of this alongside rewards.

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities within our curriculum.

In Year 6 the children deepen their understanding of philosophy and argue the question ‘Why do we have rules?’

In Year 5 children study the concept of ‘How do rules and law affect me?’

In Year 4 children study the rule of law in Roman times.

In Year 3 children cover decision making and how to make good choices and how there will be consequences to their action. They discuss ‘living’ with the consequences and how things could have been addressed differently.

Individual Liberty:

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 young 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 are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PHSCE lessons and assemblies. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, lunch options, of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

In Year 6 the children’s understanding of philosophy is further extended through PHSCE and they investigate themes such as peer pressure and sex education. Individual’s choice is achieved activities such as homework project choice.

In Year 5 the children take part in the RIDE drug and alcohol awareness program.

In Year 4 children are encouraged to become more resilient by setting their own goal and persevering to achieve them.

In Year 3 children make decision about work partners and play partners developing an understanding of how these should be chosen.

Mutual Respect:

Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around our school values and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These ideas are reiterated through the school and classroom rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Additional emotional literacy support is given to individual or small groups of children to help develop resilience, self – esteem and respect.

In Year 6 the concept of mutual respect is developed through PHSCE and P4C sessions, through behaviour management discussions and the sex education programme.

In Year 5 the concept of respect is further developed and extended through PHSCE projects on taking part and respect for property.

In Year 4 the Hammond Values are further developed through PHSCE and an emphasis on the establishment of agreed class expectations.

In Year 3 children spend time developing their understanding of Hammond Values and the principles that these values represent.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held. We follow the Surrey Agreed syllabus for RE and use the SEAL materials to enhance PSHCE teaching.

In Year 6 children develop an understanding of different cultures through their country projects and deepen their understanding of diversity through PHSCE and their individual country projects.

In Year 5 children deepen their understanding of cultural and religious differences through RE and history topics.

In Year 4 children develop their understanding of tolerance through their study of Islam and widen their cultural understanding through their study and comparison with England and Italy.

In Year 3 children learn about being part of the Hammond School community and how to work with others, respecting and understanding the similarities and differences. They also learn about disability and respecting differences.

As a whole school we have also celebrated the Olympics, with Olympic themed team days, where children had the opportunity to learn about the values underpinning the Olympics. There is a range of lunch time and after school clubs and activities that children can take part in and our Year 5 children undertake a Primary Leaders programme working with Year 2 children within the federation.

Each year, we take part in the annual Poppy Day celebrations where children purchase poppies and a minute's silence is held in specially created assemblies for the school. The centenary of the start of WW1 was marked by a special assembly with every class taking part in an activity to develop understanding and empathy of the war. Children contributed to a whole school display within school and the local museum by bringing in personal items related to people in their families who had been involved. Children took part in poppy scattering events both in school and at the local remembrance memorial in the village. A poppy flower bed was also created within the school grounds from poppies that each child had made and written a personal message on an act of remembrance.

As a school we encourage knowledge of current affairs that are significant to us as a nation and each class has an ‘In the News’ book within their classroom.

We have had visits from the Countess of Wessex to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our school and celebrated the Golden Jubilee was events in class and a special lunch.

For further information on how British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects are planned for across our curriculum please see attached document/overview map (SMC Map).

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