We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern multicultural Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, SMSC, and Philosophy lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace concepts of, Mutual Respect, Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, Democracy, The Rule of Law and Individual Liberty, with pride and we continuously encourage them to demonstrate a good understanding of the application of these to their own lives.
Through our curriculum, we ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community, during which these concepts are shown, through for example, local community events, class charity work, sporting events, a range of visits to and visitors from places of cultural and educational interests in and around London. Our school’s embedded values-based ethos gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
Examples of how British Values are promoted at Hollydale School
- Elections for School Councillors and Digital Leaders based on British electoral system, demonstrate democracy in action.
- Debating Club hold weekly debates. Topics debated have included “Should the voting age be reduced to 16?” and “Is British politics failing women?”
- Through the curriculum pupils learn about how democracy worked in ancient civilisations e.g. Benin and Egypt and throughout history with the Vikings and Tudors. Pupils also reflect on what happens when democracy is not respected, through units on World War 2.
- Regular questionnaires allow all pupils to contribute to whole school decision making e.g. following feedback from a pupil questionnaire the SLT decided to relaunch Mathletics as pupils stated that it helped them with mental maths.
- Pupils’ own interest in democracy is encouraged through independent project work. Children regularly choose to base their work on themes around social equality e.g. suffragettes and the civil rights movement.
Rule of Law
- Class rules are consistently reinforced and children take part in generating content of the rules
- Reflection forms encourage pupils to reflect on choices they have made and how to modify their behaviour in future
- Visits from police and fire services reinforce this value
- Hollydale School ensures that pupils have the skills to use the internet safely to aid learning. The pupils were instrumental in setting up the reporting system on our website and the E-safety Code.
- Pupils are encouraged to make safe choices and are educated in doing so through the curriculum e.g. in Science, PE, PSHE, Computing etc.
- All pupils are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, in KS2 this includes deciding on project topics and how to present their work. Pupils also decide if they would like to be a buddy reader.
- The school mission statement reflects importance of mutual respect for the whole school community.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
- There is a focus on visiting range of places of worship including mosques and synagogues as well as welcoming visitors from different faiths.
- At Hollydale School we do not tolerate prejudice based bullying or bullying of any kind.
- We celebrate a range of faiths and beliefs at school through International Evening, International Week and by valuing the experiences of pupils e.g. children in Reception learnt about pilgrimage when one of their Sikh peers went on pilgrimage.