Promoting Fundamental British Values to enhance Cultural Capital.
Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal school curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School the ‘British Values’ are considered in the following ways:
Democracy - “Develop an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process”.
Democracy is at the heart of Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle Schools aims and ethos; Staff encourage children to know that their views count, to value each other’s views and to talk about their feelings. This voice can be through using words, objects, photographs, symbols and body language. The election of Year Council NS House Captain members reflects the British electoral system. Pupils consider the necessary characteristics for an effective pupil council member and vote using a secret ballot. The Pupil Council meet regularly to bring suggestions from their peers and make decisions about ways to improve the school for the benefit of all.
Rule of Law- “Develop an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individuals and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.”
Our school vision and values are clearly defined in the Promoting Positive Behaviour policy which is regularly shared and amended with input from pupils, parents and governors. We aim to. Staff ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences. Pupil’s learn to distinguish right from wrong through discussions and the modelling of positive behaviour and by the implementation of the Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School “Promoting Positive Behavior Policy and Pupil Well-being Charter”. These encourage pupils to be kind and helpful, listen carefully, work hard, look after things, be honest and be gentle. Pupils who are observed putting these behaviours into practice are rewarded and celebrated through House points and and positive postcards. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken.
Individual Liberty - “Develop an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected by law.”
We encourage pupils to take risks knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment. We aim to “develop an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected by law”. At Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Our staff educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Through PSHE and the computing curriculum we encourage pupils and parents to make positive and safe choices with regards to their online activity; positive choices with regards to well-being of self and others are encouraged through PSHE and through liaison with external agencies and tailored Collective Worship or tutor time sessions. We have a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive response to poor choices.
Inclusion, mutual tolerance and respect are at the heart of Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School aims and ethos: Our 6 core values underpin all that we stand for in that we aim for every pupil to have compassion for one another, that they can trust staff to maintain calm and purposeful learning environments, the knowledge that justice will be evident in dealing with inappropriate behaviour, such that together pupils’ thanks for their school will endure. We believe that each person is respected and valued equally without regard to faith, heritage, race, ability or gender. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for pupils to express their views in a safe environment with our ethos being ‘allow one voice – so that the thoughts and answers of all are respected’.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs - “Develop an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs (or none) should be accepted and tolerated and should not be subject to prejudice or discrimination.”
This is achieved though equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Pupils benefit from a number of international visitors, including pupils from other continents and cultures. Additionally, pupils are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all pupils up to the end of Year 8, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Through our SMSC education at Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School we are dedicated to ensuring our pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility, preparing them for life in Modern Britain where, in an ever changing society they understand the importance of and are able to uphold the fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual tolerance and respect for others.