Fundamental British Values at Highbury School, Highbury as a maintained school has an obligation under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental andphysical development of pupils at the school and of society. This has become termed as spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and in advice from the Department for Education, November 2014, should include the promotion of fundamental British values.
At Highbury we promote fundamental British Values at a level appropriate for the understanding of the children and their age within suitable parts of the curriculum.
What are British Values?
Democracy: Making decisions together
At Highbury we strive to ensure that each child has a voice that is listened to. Children at Highbury know that their opinions count and that they are valued as an individual and as a group. They are encouraged to respect other people's views. For example, The School Council, where each class nominates a member to represent them on the council and allows their views to be heard. They are given opportunities to ask for help and to talk about their feelings, through PSHE lessons and activities and also at other times with class staff.
At Highbury we have dedicated time for social communication in all classes which promote turn taking, sharing and collaboration. Throughout their time at Highbury children are given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an environment which values all questions.
Rule of Law: Understanding the importance of rules
Children at Highbury are supported in managing their feelings and behaviour on a daily basis. This may be through specific topics in PSHE, RE and social communication or individualised behaviour management plans (BMP) Or a visit by the school council to the local magistrates court to see how it works.
The staff at Highbury aim to ensure that the children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences along with learning to distinguish between right and wrong actions and words. Highbury has school rules for all children to adhere to; also each class has codes of behaviour which are promoted throughput the day to the children at an appropriate level depending on their needs. For example, at circle time, good looking, good listening and good sitting – ready to join in and learn. Or when the music cue is played all the children to stop and join in with tidying away equipment ready for the next lesson.
Individual Liberty: Freedom for all
At Highbury a key element in all classes and around school in general is the development of self-confidence and self-awareness within the individual. Allowing each child to develop and grow and reach their full potential.
Children are given opportunities to develop their self-knowledge and self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, taking risks and feeling proud of their achievements. For example, learning to ride a 2 wheeler bike or walking down the steps into the playground.
At Highbury children successes are celebrated every week in the whole school celebration assembly, with family and friends and also half termly with the Effort and Enthusiasm trophy. One child is nominated from each class, who has shown extra effort in any area, from learning sounds to sharing equipment. These nominees are celebrated in a special assembly and the trophy is given out at a Friday celebration assembly.
The children are given a range of experiences to reflect on their similarities and differences and that they are free to have different opinions. This can be through topic work; titles include ‘Ourselves’ and ‘All about me’ alongside discussions in RE and taking part in Collective Worship assemblies which leads into thinking about other people.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance: Treat others as you want to be treated
At Highbury everyone is treated with respect, which is typified in one of the school rules, be kind’ this is modelled to pupils throughout the day alongside the importance of showing respect to everyone they met and in different environments.
It is also an integral feature in the whole school behaviour policy. At Highbury there is an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where all faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.
For example, taking part in the bi annual special school celebration at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax alongside pupils from Ravenscliffe and Woodbank. Also through the exploration of other faiths and cultures in RE lessons and collective worship, alongside visitors into the classroom.
Separately, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act also places a duty on schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from been drawn into terrorism (Prevent Duty) All staff have had up to date training, which is renewed annually or if new guidelines are published.