CHALKWELL HALL JUNIOR SCHOOL

BRITISH VALUES

 

As part of the Equalities Act, Chalkwell Hall Junior School sets out its definition of British values as:

• democracy
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We focus on, through our curriculum and day-to-day interactions, embedding and promoting fundamental British values.
The DfE state 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 these values were reiterated in 2014. At Chalkwell Hall Junior School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

At Chalkwell Hall Junior School every year a group of students are democratically elected to represent the ‘voice’ of all the children in the school. At the start of the academic year Junior Governors are elected by their classmates at a ‘real life’ election. After candidates have campaigned for votes, every pupil at the school votes at a polling station, on a ballot paper for their preferred candidate.

During their one year term of office the Junior Governors encourage the adults at the school to listen to their ideas and opinions, so that they can work together to improve the school. The Junior Governors democratically decide on the joint projects that they would like to be involved with during the year and
then they put these ideas into action. Projects have included presenting assemblies about standards and behaviour, working with our partner infant pupil representatives to agree a code of conduct for the dining room, successfully co-ordinating a fund raising event to raise money for childline and meeting
with local councils.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Chalkwell Hall Junior School. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our RESPECT Rules, Playground Rules and Dining Hall Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and 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 and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Chalkwell Hall Junior 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 informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety and PSHE  lessons.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Chalkwell Hall Junior School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons, assemblies and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.

Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.  Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values.

Extremism does not form any part of our curriculum or teaching and our students are encouraged to respect other people and no student is discriminated against contrary to the Equality Act 2010. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) teaching and learning at Chalkwell Hall Junior School actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs, and encourages students to respect other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.

Reviewed November 2017