British Values at High View
At High View we actively promote British Values in our everyday curriculum and teaching, through our school vision and ethos as defined under the Ofsted guidance 2014.
“It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. The school’s ethos and teaching, which schools should make parents aware of, should support the rule of English civil and criminal law and schools should not teach anything that undermines it. Pupils should be made aware of the difference between the law of the land and religious law.”
The government define these values as:
Rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths
At High View, our children are taught and encouraged to embrace the diverse ethnic backgrounds of not only our children, but their family and wider family; celebrating these by engaging in a variety of cultural experiences and lessons. We have had guests not only from England, but from all over the World to share their faith and culture; this approach ensures it is not only enriching for our children, but enables them to equate their understanding to real life experiences. This underpinning and bridging not only exposes our children to the wider world, but by understanding, enables them to develop both respect and tolerance in today’s multi-cultural society.
However, we also ensure that our children engage in topics which have strong links to the British Empire and are proud of their values.
We actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
To promote these:
We believe in our children’s voice and that it should be not only heard, but valued. Our school council have regular meetings with not only our school, but other schools to discuss the running of the school and the curriculum.
Our SMSC and Collective Worship assemblies actively promote these values which are then followed through into PSHE and RE lessons across the school.
We believe that our children need real life experiences in order to learn the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. In the broad and balanced curriculum that we deliver there is opportunity to discuss these.
Once a year, some of our year 6 children go to London and the Houses of Parliament to gain a greater understanding.
We celebrated the Olympics with Olympic themed sports days and competitions, inviting Gold Medal winner Tom Daley to host an assembly, followed by children going to watch him train and dive at Plymouth Life Centre.
We visit different places of worship and have visitors to school from other faiths. We have established close links with the local community and hold Catholic Mass and Baptist Assemblies at school each term.
We also celebrated the recent Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with special assemblies, themed lessons including street parties and a mock wedding.
High View children are actively encouraged and supported to make informed choices, to know and exercise their rights and personal freedom, but safely for example through our e-safety policy. Alongside this, we also support and partake in the Plymouth Respect Festival each year.
Our International School Award demonstrates how our children are involved in bringing international learning into their classrooms; learning valuable lessons about sustainability, mutual respect and citizenship.
Our positive behaviour policy encourages tolerance and mutual respect.
We also celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with special assemblies, themed lessons including a mock wedding and a whole school street party.
We also take part in a whole school Remembrance service each year and our children share their assemblies with our local old people’s homes.
Being a Stonewall School Champion ensures our children are aware how everyone is different and more importantly, how individual liberty is paramount in our society today. Our children understand how vital mutual respect is for individual beliefs.
Our School Charter is not only taught, but clearly supported by all our children.