Statement of British Values
The DfE 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.’
At Hilltop Junior School the above values link very closely to the culture and ethos of our school and the values we promote through the wider curriculum. Remembrance Day is commemorated each year through ‘Hilltop Remembers’. Significant National events such as the Royal Wedding and the Golden Jubilee were celebrated in school. Also, within our curriculum our children learn about the lives of some significant people and events in British history.
How do we promote British Values at Hilltop Junior School?
All children are treated fairly and have an equal right to express their views and be listened to. They have the opportunity for their voices to be heard through our school and class Councils. Our School Council representatives are elected democratically by their peers, in a ballot that introduces them to the principal of democratic elections. Our credo also sets out the democratic rights of all those involved in the school.
Rule of Law
Our school rules are consistently reinforced throughout the school, in lessons, through school assemblies and our expectations of behaviour. Children are taught about the reasons for rules and the consequences of their actions if rules are not adhered to.
There are many opportunities within the school for children to make choices and exercise their personal freedom. Clear boundaries are set and consistently reinforced to ensure that the school is a safe environment for everyone. The children are encouraged and supported to manage their behaviour and make good choices. Through assemblies and PSHCE, children learn about their personal freedoms and through discussion how to exercise these safely.
As a school, we promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our Behaviour Policy and school rules. Our children enjoy coming to school, display good behaviour, enjoy lessons and are actively involved in their learning. Children take part in Circle Time discussions where the expectation is that they treat the opinions and views of others with respect, even if they differ from their own. Adults in the school model mutual respect in their conversation with and actions towards the children and one another.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
In school, the children are supported in developing the language to express their views, emotions and feelings so that they are able to negotiate with their peers and resolve any disagreements peacefully. Through our school curriculum, we actively plan for opportunities to enhance our pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies and discussions involving bulling and prejudice are linked to learning in RE and PSHCE.
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Hilltop Junior School
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F. 01268 570237
Enquiries: Mrs J Hoy – Office Manager
Mr P Hillson - Joint Head of School and SENCo
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