British Values

 

Promoting British Values at Heathfield Academy

Please click here for our British Values Policy.

At Heathfield Academy, our ethos revolves around Core Values:

PUPAC: Passion, Urgency, Positivity, Aspiration and Commitment.

These are taught through all we do at school and particularly during assemblies and times when we are all together and can learn from each other.

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 Core Values determined by the DfE are:

Democracy

Children at Heathfield Academy have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Children's Parliament, which is represented by children from Reception upwards.  Children's Parliament are voted in by their peers and meet every half term.  Children also have the opportunity to have their voices heard in the classroom and through feedback questionnaires or focus groups.

Mutual Respect

Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolve around our PUPAC Core Values and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown.  As part of our weekly Success Assembly, children vote for a member of their class to achieve the "Golden Heart" award showing kindness or respect to others.

Tolerance of those of 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 such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced for example when dealing with behaviour, through school assemblies and PSHE lessons. Children at Heathfield Academy 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. Visits from authorities such as Fire Service and The Police are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

 

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities; pupils are given the freedom to make choices. During assemblies and circle time, we consider issues within the local and global context where groups or communities may not have the individual liberty or safety that we have in the UK.