Henry Bradley Nursery & Infant School British Values
The Department for Education challenges all schools “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 sets out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Henry Bradley Nursery & Infant School these values are regularly reinforced in the following ways:
Each year each class decide upon their class rules. The children are asked to discuss and decide upon a set of rules that they will seek to abide by through the year. Their class rules cover behaviour, attitudes, manners, respect and tolerance.
Each year the children elect their School Action Group representatives. Each class votes upon their proposed representatives (2 per class – a boy and a girl) and along with a staff member this makes up the Action Group.
The Action Group are responsible (along with a staff representative) for conducting termly Health & Safety assessments of the school and reporting this back to the Headteacher, staff and Governors. The Action Group also survey the children annually on “feeling safe in school”. This is also reported back to the Headteacher, staff and Governors.
The open mutual respect that exists in school also means that children also have many other opportunities for their voices to be heard.
That same mutual respect between school and parents/carers allows opportunities for parents/carers’ voices to be heard. This is usually done through general conversational exchanges, emails/letters, open afternoons and coffee mornings/afternoons, and questionnaires.
The Rule of Law
Children are taught the importance, value of and reasons for rules (laws) that govern and protect us. Children are taught that these rules are there to help make school (and the world) a safer and happier place to be. This is done through collective worship and intrinsically through the school curriculum. This is supported through the development of class rules and the roles of the school’s Action Group.
Children are taught the importance of rules (laws); whether they govern the class, school or wider community, and demonstrate this through their behaviour & mutual respect of each other and adherence to protocols and procedures (school evacuation procedures etc). Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service and road safety team help reinforce this message.
Within school, children are encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment.
Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. They are guided on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and Personal, Health and Social Education learning.
Children are given the freedom to make choices around accessing extra-curricular clubs and involvement in out of school activities such as singing at 'St. Michael's care home.
All members of our school community are treated with respect and are expected to reciprocate.
Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their rights and the rights of those around them. As such, the children are aware of the necessary boundaries and rules within which they operate and what might happen if they transgress.
We promote a safe and nurturing environment with a positive learning ethos that helps children to develop positive attitudes and respect for those they work and play with.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The school takes children from a mixed catchment area of terraced housing, private semi and detached housing, and social housing estates. A large majority of our children come from a white British heritage with a very small percentage of children (3.5%) from a mixed or Asian background or Chinese heritage.
Because our school is not greatly culturally diverse, we place emphasis on promoting diversity through assemblies/collective worship through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.
Religious Education, Personal, Health and Social Education& SCSM teaching reinforces this. Children are exposed to faiths and religions through teaching and learning, and wherever possible visit (as a trip or virtually) different places of worship.
We follow the Derbyshire agreed syllabus for RE.
At Henry Bradley Nursery and Infant School we will actively challenge any member of our school community expressing opinions contrary to our fundamental British values, including and extremist views.