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British Values

British Values and Healey Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Statement on British Values.

Healey Junior, Infant and Nursery School is committed to serving the local community and its surrounding areas.  It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever‐changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves.  It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalization by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

Healey School, as  an  inclusive  establishment,  accepts  admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none.  It follows the policies outlined by its governing body  regarding  equal  opportunities,  which  guarantee that  there  will  be  no discrimination against  any  individual  or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.  It seeks to serve all.

 The government set out its definition of British values in the  ‘Prevent  Strategy’ -­Through  their  provision  and  actions  in place,  the school  will, in  an  age appropriate  manner,  promote British Values to:

• enable students to develop  their  self-­‐knowledge,  self-­esteem and self-­confidence;

•  enable  students  to  distinguish  right  from  wrong  and  to  respect the civil and criminal law of England;

• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;

• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;

• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;

• encourage respect for other people;

• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the  democratic  processes,  including  respect  for  the  basis  on which the law is made and applied in England.

The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British values.

• an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-­making through the democratic process;

•  an  appreciation  that  living  under  the  rule  of  law  protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;

• an understanding  that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;

• an understanding  that the freedom  to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;

•  an  acceptance  that  other  people  having  different  faiths  or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and

•  an  understanding  of  the  importance  of  identifying  and combatting discrimination.

It   is   not   necessary   for   schools   or   individuals   to   ‘promote’ teachings, beliefs or opinions that conflict with their own, but nor is  it  acceptable  for  schools  to  promote  discrimination  against people  or   groups   on   the   basis   of   their   belief,   opinion   or background.

The school does, though a wide range of activities, secure such standards and uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond  to  secure  appropriate  outcomes  for  children.   The  list below outlines  samples  of when  and where  such British  Values are shared.  The list is not exhaustive, and represents only some of what we do.

Subject  studies:   Developing  the  skill  base  required  to access/share information, make/express opinions or decisions and apply themselves to society and the world.  This include the understanding and  use  of money,  effective  writing  and  reading skills,   collaborative   work   to  discuss   and  research   ideas   and concepts, and gain a broad and balanced understanding of the society  in  which they  live.   Further  aspects  of  study  include historical and geographical contexts of the United Kingdom, incorporating local and national evolution, as well as international comparisons.

Whole school daily acts of collective worship/assembly:  The sharing  of  stories,  images,  events and  expectations  that,  with clarity and precision, promote the values expressed.  Such proceedings vary  in  the  methodology  of  delivery  in  order  to secure interest and understanding and are designed to impact on children  regardless  of  knowledge,  experience  or  cognitive maturity.  As a ‘community school’, ‘collective worship’ is non-­‐ denominational  and recognizes that those attending may have a wide range of faiths, or none. It is however, as required by legislation,  “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”.

Religious Education:  Gaining a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices, which covers key religions represented in the  UK.   Planning  for  the  subject  is  directed  by  the  Kirklees Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’.

Physical Education:  Promotion of the concept of ‘fair play’, following  and  developing  rules, inclusion, celebrating  and rewarding  success,  being  magnanimous   in  defeat  and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others.

School Council:  Promotion of democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns.  Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of authority and influence.

Should you feel at any time that the school does not act in accordance with the DfE guidance, or that your child has / is vulnerable to the opinions, viewpoints or suggestions of those in or out of the school, that may be deemed political, social or religious radicalization, please contact the Headteacher.

For more information about how the school seeks to represent key British Values, contact the school office and a member of the School Leadership Team will be happy to provide further information.