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British Values

Promoting British Values at Hammond Academy

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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and the Prime Minister has reiterated these values this year. At Hammond these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is widespread within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Pupil Leadership team and Pupil Voice every term whereby subject leaders meet with children to discuss their learning. The elections of Head boy and girl, as well as the winner of the class values award. In addition, Philosophy for children which is part of the curriculum, enables all children to vote on a concept, discuss and share their opinions.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and P4C lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Our approach to school assemblies and behaviour is to have a values led approach. ‘Respect’ is one of these values and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Children also are mindful of other children within their classes whom are also demonstrating such values. Mutual respect is also part of each class’s classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

Our community is made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds. We aim to promote the understanding and appreciation of different faiths and cultures both within our school and the wider world. We actively promote courtesy and good manners towards all. We actively monitor and tackle all forms of bullying and harassment (This includes cyber bullying, prejudice-based bullying related to appearance, SEN, sex, race, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender reassignment) No-one is discriminated against contrary to the Equality Act 2010.