Promoting Values at The Hayes Primary School
The DfE have 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.”
At The Hayes, our ethos revolves around Core Values, the Core Values of all communities; such as Passion, Positivity, Aspiration, Commitment, Respect, Responsibility, Love, Unity, Humility, Happiness, Co-operation, Tolerance, Honesty, Peace and Freedom. These are taught through all we do at school and particularly during assemblies and times when we are all together and can learn from each other.
The Core Values determined by the DfE are:
Democracy: Democracy is embedded within our school. Our pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of all to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council, Pupil Advocates, class debates and questionnaires. The elections of our School Council soon to be elected RRS Warrior members are based solely on pupil votes and our Pupil Advocate positions, although the final decision is left with the Senior Leadership Team, our children take the first votes and write the references. Additionally, our School Council voted to have water fountains which are currently in our KS2 area.These improvements to the school and rewards have happened, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
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, through school assemblies and PSHE. 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. Our Charters and CALM Code are deeply embedded every day and are clearly understood by all. They are necessary to ensure that every child is able to learn in a safe environment. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; local MPs etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
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 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, RRS assemblies and PSHE lessons. Whether it be 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: Respect is one of the core values at The Hayes and embedded in our school ethos; we are aiming to be accredited with Recognition of Commitment, the first stage of UNICEF's Rights Respecting award at the end of this academic year. Additionally, our behaviour policy revolves around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. RRS displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Our children know and understand respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at The Hayes underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. The Hayes enhances children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society with different faiths and beliefs through RE; PSHE; assemblies, visits to other schools in different settings; visiting places of worship and enjoying a depth of learning during themed weeks. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Rights Respecting is becoming embedded within our ethos and Curriculum. Our assemblies follow and soon, our planning follow a two year cycle which consists of 12 key values which we believe are important for the children to learn about. These are linked to a variety of situations which affect themselves in school, at home, in their communities and worldwide. They give the children the opportunity to develop their knowledge of how they can make a difference to others and how everyone is entitled to their rights, explaining how this impacts on our lives.