We uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are identified as:
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faith and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through PHSE and RE. We also teach the British Values though planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupil, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values including ‘extremist views’.
At Etching Hill C of E Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard though our School Council (The elections of members of the School Council). The children have worked together and agreed sets of codes which we actively work and live by; these are our Behaviour Policy. These systems are available in each classroom and actively used by children and adults influencing what is an agreed acceptable behaviour.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. OU behaviour ladders for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of codes and if children ae given verbal warnings this is always set against the agreed school behaviour code. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as respect and responsibility and these values determine how we live as a community Etching Hill. Collective Worship is based on ‘Values for Life and themes’ and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life are our Church of England School. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Values ae highly visible around the school and can be seen in posters, certificates an as part of our agreed values. Our SIAMS inspection confirms this is an aspect of life at Etching Hill C of E Primary School.
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 in our local community which is by large white British. Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice –based bullying have been followed ad supported by learning RE and PHSE.
Click on the link to view our British Values Overview.