British Values Policy
At Headstart school we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have an opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. This supports pupils to understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process. Our School Council is able to genuinely effect change within the school.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are 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.
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 and PHSE education.
Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. Students are constantly reminded about working positively with others and how working as part of a team can support the development of positive relationships and an understanding of others. We aim to encourage honesty, trust, and meaningful communication with both staff and students at all times and this is reinforced on a lesson by lesson basis.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society; such work is delivered through the PSHEE programme at all key Stages and through weekly themed assemblies held on a Monday morning. We use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cups to study and learn about life and culture in other countries and this is further reinforced through the daily themes where specific countries around the world form a key focus.