HIGHFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL – PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES
Highfield Primary 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,
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.
Our School is dedicated to preparing students for
their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it
promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
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
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National
curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that
follow show some of the many ways school seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being
reinforced at Highfield Primary School, with democracy processes being used for
important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being
held for School Council positions. The principle of democracy is also explored
in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in lesson time and
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that
govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are
highlighted by the “Golden Rules” and home-school agreement. Students are
taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the
responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this
At Highfield Primary School, students are actively
encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a
safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at school educate and provide
boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment
and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and
exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise
these safely, for example through e-safety and independent work.
Highfield has a robust anti-bullying culture and
has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Highfield Primary
School and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Students learn that
their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All
members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is
reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the
curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in
a safe environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students 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.
Students benefit from a number of visits and visitors, including from other
cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith
and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar
year. The Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced
education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Highfield Primary School strives
endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of
values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to