In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.
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Debating is central to many aspects of our curriculum with pupils developing skills in listening, responding and offering opinions in a well organised and respectful manner. Pupils understand that people hold different views, opinions and beliefs which may not be fully understood but will be tolerated and respected.
“Pupils have a strong voice in the school” (SIAMS June 2015) with many opportunities to join groups as representatives of their class and school. Pupils are elected democratically by their peers who identify the skills required to represent them most successfully.
Groups meet regularly with clearly focussed agendas where pupils learn that they can influence future developments in their ‘specialist’ areas.
Pupil Parliament: Begin their ‘election campaign’ by submitting a formal application for all ‘official’ roles (e.g. Education, Behaviour, Outdoor Learning, Online Safety, P.E., Sunshine) which are shortlisted and appointed by a KS2 pupil vote. Presentations are given by those applying for ‘Prime Minister’ and Deputy Prime Minister. These are reviewed by KS2 pupils who vote for the candidate they feel will represent them to the best of their ability.
Sunshine group: Our Vision and Values group plan/ lead worship and secure developments within aspects related to our church school identity.
Eco Committee: work towards relevant environmental issues. They have recently promoted recycling and also have organised our school to be 'plastic straw fee zone'!
Playground mediators: Support playtime behaviours and help our youngest children become integrated into school life.
Playleaders: Plan and deliver a varied programme of play activities at lunchtimes.
Year 4 and 5 pupils also take on other key roles in school such as ‘Assembly Angels’, lunchtime ‘table leaders’, ICT ‘technicians’, fruit and milk delivery and resource managers in classrooms.
All groups contribute significantly to school developments and are so keen and confident that they take the leading roles, with adults offering support and guidance.
Pupils within our Early Years also learn about democracy in a developmentally appropriate way e.g. through voting for resources, activities, stories and ‘good choice rewards’.
We regularly self-evaluate and seek the views of our parents and pupils on a range of issues. Parents are asked their opinions on learning, safeguarding, leadership and whether their child enjoys school.
The Rule of Law
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The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, school or country are consistently reinforced at Harvington.
Pupils are taught from an early age the vision and values of the school. Pupils are taught the reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Our six ‘Core Values’: Truthfulness, Friendship, Respect, Forgiveness, Trust and Perseverance encompass our expectations which enable our community to develop as responsible and pleasant citizens.
Pupils learn that breaking the laws of the class or school has negative consequences. They also learn that following rules and behaving well and with respect for others is rewarded through numerous systems such as praise, merits, awards, values stickers, certificates, good choice rewards/ golden time. Pupils have many opportunities to reflect on their behaviours and actions.
There are also much sought after whole school awards such as the Harvington Pig (for excellent attitude to learning and kindness) Harvey Hedgehog (for modelling our six core values), the Reflection Rabbit (for contributing thoughtfully in our collective worship and the RE waistcoat (for excellent work in RE)
Attendance at Harvington has been above 96% for the past six years showing that pupils and parents enjoy being part of a community where successes are celebrated at every opportunity, friendships are central to our ethos and mistakes are valued as learning opportunities. Pupils learn that forgiveness and support to make amends are always available where others have been hurt or upset and our close working relationships with families enable our exclusions to be reduced to a minimum. We have regular visits from our local community police officers and health services as well as many community visitors who reinforce these messages.
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At Harvington, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Our children understand that they have rights and freedoms as a member of Modern Britain.
From the moment pupils arrive in the Foundation Stage, and throughout their school journey, pupils develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes independence and confidence to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to do this safely, for example through our work in PSHE, circle times, class discussions and Online Safety days.
Harvington has a robust anti-bullying culture (pupils define it as a ‘telling school’) and clear, consistently enforced behaviour policies in place.
In the Early Years and Key Stage One pupils aim to become ‘Independent Learners’ gaining a badge when they successfully complete their class targets. In Key Stage Two pupils build on these independence skills to become ‘Outstanding Learners’ and receive an award for their commitment. Older pupils are expected to model appropriate behaviours to younger pupils and support their growth within Harvington expectations. Within their key roles they have many opportunities to share what they have learned about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.
Forest School, sporting events, cluster/ county events and clubs all support pupils to become confident, thoughtful members of our community.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
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Mutual respect and empathy lie at the heart of our Values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Our pupils understand that there are many faiths represented in modern Britain and an increasing amount in our community too. We learn about the major world faiths in line with the requirements of the Worcestershire SACRE to foster an understanding and acceptance of the beliefs of others.
Our SIAMS report (June 2015) commented “Through the rich and varied curriculum, strong links are made with the school’s Christian values, with the result that RE has a significant impact on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils at the school.”
Harvington provides annual opportunities for the children to visit places of significant cultural interest and places of worship and we also regularly welcome visitors from a range of communities and traditions into our school. Our theme based curriculum enables our values and commitments to be threaded throughout pupils’ learning experiences in a holistic manner so that learning becomes contextualised.
Through our commitment to developing these values in our pupils we are supporting them to:
Some of the opportunities which we use to heighten the whole school focus on different aspects of SMSC and British Values: