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British Values

The Department for Education states that there is a 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”.

The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

·         Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
·         Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
·         Support for equality of opportunity for all
·         Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
·         Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

At HWPS, we aim to reflect British values in all that we do. Through the curriculum and a whole range and variety of extra-curricular activities and events, we encourage our children to be creative, unique, hardworking, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community, the UK community and the wider world.

We actively prepare children for life in modern Britain in the following ways:

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Democracy

All children are encouraged to explore and express their views on a variety of topics through the curriculum.
We have a school council which is consulted on meaningful issues for the school and children’s views are regularly sought through pupil conferencing and surveys.
The principle of democracy is explored in the curriculum as well as during assemblies and special days. Issues such as the Scottish referendum and the general election are discussed in assemblies as well as in class.

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Rule of Law

School rules and expectations are clear and displayed in every classroom. Discussions about the rules and values help children to understand that rules are there to govern and protect us and that everyone has a responsibility to abide by them. If the rules are broken, the traffic light system for behaviour management is used.
Children enjoy visits from and to authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. to help reinforce that living under the rule of law is essential for their own wellbeing and safety.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. There are a range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities which children are actively encouraged to try through our Steps to Awesomeness programme.
Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed.

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Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs

Through a range of lessons as well as circle times and assemblies, children are taught to understand that our local, national and global communities are made up of people with a range of beliefs and ways of life. This diversity is something we celebrate.
Respect and thoughtfulness are two of our core values and children know and understand that they are expected to show respect to everyone, adults and children.
In 2017 we started a link with a school in The Gambia and this aims to help children to acquire a deep understanding of, and respect for, other cultures and ways of life.

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