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BRITISH VALUES STATEMENT
Our government believes that, ‘British society is founded on fundamental values and principles, which all those living in the UK should respect and support. These values are reflected in the responsibilities, rights and privileges of being a British citizen or permanent resident of the UK. They are based on history and traditions and are protected by law, customs and expectations. There is no place in British society for extremism or intolerance.’
We support the values of democracy, rules of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and these are embedded within our curriculum. These values are found in our own school values identified by the children as respect, kindness, honesty, hard work, cooperation, fairness, confidence, tolerance, politeness and responsibility.
We plan assemblies and lessons, particularly in PSHE and at KS3 RE, to teach the children about our values, respecting similarities and differences, tackling stereotypes and understanding why some people discriminate. We aim to empower children to have a voice and to stand up against discrimination, valuing equality, tolerance and mutual respect. The topics and lessons in the school’s curriculum are designed carefully and planned by teachers to provide a rich learning experience that will have a positive impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
As well as promoting British values we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views and principles.
Democracy is embedded in the school. Pupils are listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We encourage pupils to take ownership of not only their school but also of their own learning and progress. This encourages a heightened sense of both personal and social responsibility. We have a Pupil Parliament which meets half
termly to discuss issues raised by the pupils through their class representatives. This provides pupils with the opportunity to become involved in the decision making process of the school.
We believe that encouraging our children to take on responsibilities and to work together for the good of the school creates positive relationships and is a valuable preparation for future life in our democratic society.
The Rule of Law
In order to help children understand how society cannot operate without a set of laws, we teach them how our school rules create an ordered, fair and safe place in which to learn. The class rules are agreed by the pupils and are display in classrooms. We help pupils to distinguish right from wrong and adopt restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts.
Hopewell pupils have the opportunity to make individual choices and express opinions that develop their character and self-belief. However, they are encouraged to develop these qualities in the context of the rights and needs of other members of our school community. We model freedom of speech through pupil participation in class in the context of a safe, fair, supportive, learning environment. We discuss and challenge stereotypes and implement a strong anti-bullying culture.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
Pupils are encouraged to respect themselves and to respect individual differences. This is a fundamental principle that is put into practice in the classroom, around school, during break times and in assemblies. We believe that through our formal and “hidden curriculum” Hopewell pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Our aim to prepare pupils for the future drives us towards ensuring that our pupils are able to live and work alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures.
Hopewell school staff is aware of the need to be vigilant when it comes to extreme attitudes or behaviour. All staff have had specific Safeguarding training relating to the Prevent Agenda and are aware of the referral process. All staff are aware of the need to report through a Cause for Concern form to the DSL any concerns of this nature. Our overriding aim is to teach pupils to be resilient to such attitudes. This involves pupils being taught how to ask probing questions and make sound judgements for themselves about what is right and
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