At Norton in Hales CE Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PHSE) and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running an active School Council. We also actively promote British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes opportunities for exploring these values.
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council for which the elections are based on pupil votes.
Our worship is based around Christian Values and the Values for Life scheme with focus on a different value each half term. Link to Christian Values and Collective Worship page for more information.
From September 2015 we will be introducing a process where children will vote for 2 children from their class who have shown the greatest effort to demonstrate the value during the half term. These children will be recognised at our worship assembly at St Chad's Church.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistency reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of rules and if the children are given verbal warnings or have time taken away from Golden Time, this is always set against the school behaviour code. 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. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc. help us to reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have Golden Time and a merit (reward) system which is consistently followed throughout the school. Star Pupil assemblies are held weekly and recognise good behaviour, effort and achievement, also promoting our weekly Star Writers.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. 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 teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as compassion and friendship and these values determine how we live as a community at Norton in Hales CE Primary School. Collective worship is based on 'Christian Values for Life' which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils' understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Collective worship and discussions involving prejudice and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PHSE. We use current issues, as and when appropriate, to learn about life and culture in different countries. All children participate in termly focus days where we look at different faiths/cultures such as Chinese New Year Day. Through these we learn about customs, practices and celebrations, inviting guests in to lead workshops give the children a real experience of different cultures.