Harvey Road Primary School

Harvey Road Primary School

Be Happy : Show Respect : Seek Success

Harvey Road, Croxley Green, Herts, WD3 3BN

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British Values

British Values

Promoting British Values at Harvey Road School


The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation
on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual
liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values
have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Harvey Road School these values are
regularly reinforced in the following ways:


Democracy
Democracy is evident throughout the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard
through our Pupil Council and Eco Battler groups. These are both elected and run democratically.
We have regular pupil questionnaires where children are asked their views on important subjects
ranging from ‘Do you like being at Harvey Road School?’ to ‘Does Harvey Road School treat boys and
girls equally?’ and ‘Is Harvey Road School a fair and safe place for all children, of all abilities and
disabilities?’


The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are
consistently reinforced throughout normal school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and
through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws that govern and
protect us, the responsibilities that they involve and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits
from authorities such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services are regular parts of our open
dialogue with children and help to reinforce this message.


Individual Liberty
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and
supportive environment where personal, emotional or academic mistakes are seen as opportunities
for future successes. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils so that they
can make choices that are based on sound knowledge, understanding and increasing experience. All
staff respect the rights and personal freedoms that children have while we also advise them on how
to exercise these safely. Examples of this can be seen through our Drugs education and Sex and
Relationships education programmes, along with e-safety and other PSHE related subjects. Whether
it be through differentiated challenges in class or selecting their extra-curricular clubs, pupils are
given the freedom to make choices.


Mutual Respect
Harvey Road School’s motto is ‘Be Happy, Show Respect, Seek Success’. Children and staff constantly
strive towards achieving these ambitions which underpin everything that takes place. Class-based
work, displays and our Behaviour and Anti Bullying policies all focus on this as a key element to our
thriving school.


Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society
and by giving them opportunities to experience this. We organise visitors to Harvey Road School
assemblies who discuss different faiths and religious practices so that children can independently
develop their own core beliefs without prejudice or prejudice based bullying taking place. This is also
supplemented by the RE and PSHE curriculum.


We also hold an annual ‘Thanks for Thinking’ day where speakers share their views and experiences
from many different faith including humanist perspectives. Through this, children can consider views
different to their own and develop a balanced awareness of how this can impact on their own lives
as well as others.


The school also celebrates diversity through languages. We hold many events through the year that
promote and develop languages, culminating in a Languages Festival involving both children and
parents as well as visitors coming to the school (secondary school pupils and teachers and religious
leaders)


Please look at the other information on our website that relates to this important area for further
information. If you have any questions on how we promote British values at Harvey Road, then
please come and speak to a member of the school team.


N Rowlands

Headteacher

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