In accordance with The Department for Education, at BHTP, we aim to actively promote British Values in school to ensure that our young people leave prepared for life in modern Britain. Our children are encouraged, and supported through the curriculum provision, to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
· rule of law
· individual liberty
· mutual respect
· tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The children learn the value of democracy and practice it in school through enacting democratic actions. They elect pupils to be members of the School Council. The School Council themselves have been trained in this process as leaders and they endeavour to carry out their roles in a fair and democratic way.
At BHTP, we aim to involve children in planning and making decisions that concern them in the running of school, eg, school meals, behaviour policy, play equipment and the planning of special events, and solving their disputes themselves through restorative justice. They are consulted on their areas of interest so teachers can weave this into the curriculum. Peer mentors and pupil leaders are trained to help and to support other children.
Developing an understanding of democracy is embedded throughout the school so that children learn are encouraged to take responsibility and gain independence. As much as we empower children with the opportunities and freedom to make decisions, they are taught to understand that these decisions are always in line with school rules and ethos.
THE RULE OF LAW
'Good behaviour is expected and everyone learns to take responsibility for their own actions'.Our school has five simple rules that are displayed in every classroom. Each class can also has a class charter for rules that are more specific for the class. These rules are referred to regularly. Children learn the importance of rules in our school and society in general. They know rules must be followed. They know we need rules to help distinguish between right and wrong.
At BHTP we expect our community to be:
Our school rules are:
1. Touch gently, not roughly
2. Be polite
3. Look out for each other; be friendly
4. Look after our school
5. Follow instructions; be safe
We have a very clear policy for behaviour which includes zero tolerance for any form of bullying or discriminatory behaviour.
'Everyone and everything is treated with respect'.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around one of the core values of “respect” and these values determine how we live as a community at BHTP; our values are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Values are highly visible around the school and can be seen in every class. Our pupils live by the values and are keen to identify them in one another. They understand what they mean and can demonstrate these fully. The pupils know and understand what is expected and that it is imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.
'Diversity is celebrated and tolerance promoted'.
At BHTP we believe that 'the beauty of the world lies in diversity'. We aim to achieve this through enhancing and enriching our children's understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Learning about a wide range of different religions in RE and PSHRE offers these opportunities and also support in discussions around the issue of prejudice. We pride ourselves on trying to ensure that we demonstrate inclusivity in all that we do.