Harford Manor School

Harford Manor School

British Values

EMBEDDING AND TEACHING BRITISH VALUES

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.”  At Harford Manor these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy:

Democracy is embedded within our curriculum, our school vision and our approach to life at the school.  Pupils have the opportunity to vote on decisions at individual and class levels and to have their voices heard through our Student Council and through Pupil questionnaires. The election of representatives for the Student Council occurs annually.  Our school rules were created and voted on by the school’s student council. 

The Rule of Law:

The importance of Laws, whether they be the school rules:

  1. Be Helpful   2. Try your best  3.  Listen to Others

or rules that govern a particular class, or the laws of the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, when dealing with behaviour and in school assemblies.  Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws (as is appropriate for their learning level), that they help us to live our lives, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.  Visits from authorities such as the police or Community Support Officers are regular parts of our calendar and help to reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty:

We value independence, from the very youngest class up to our most senior pupils and as such we create opportunities for students to make choices and to have appropriate freedoms within a safe and supportive environment.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights but also to understand that there are times and circumstances which limit opportunities and choices available to them.

Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our Core Values, as specified in our  “Our Vision, Our Values” document, which follows this statement.  Pupils have been part of the discussions, with staff, parents and carers to determine what this document looks like and what our key values are.  Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.

Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

 This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Every term we enjoy a Multicultural week, focused on a culture far removed from our own community.  In addition to visits out from school, we invite in people from other countries and origins to talk to us, tell us stories, teach us dance, run art workshops, help us to prepare food and celebrate the differences that make the world so rich and interesting. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

Outcomes

We measure our success of how well pupils achieve and are prepared for life in modern Britain in different ways:

-          The academic progress pupils are making in their learning throughout their time at the school

-          Progress against Individual targets, e.g. SEN Support Plans linked to Statements or Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

-          Pupils’ social and emotional development and their ability to live and learn within the school and the wider community

-          Pupils’ emotional, physical and social well-being

-          Feedback from parents and carers through parent evenings, annual EHCP reviews, parents training, parental surveys and general consultation.

-          The success of pupils in moving on to new places of learning at any stage in their school life and especially their success (long term) in terms of: obtaining (and sustaining) a post school placement; any employment opportunities; independent living success; opportunities for continuing community inclusion and good health.

Our school values are also closely linked to how we embed British Values. Click here to visit our school values page.