British Values

British Values is defined as Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

At Birch Hill we promote these values through our own school values, curriculum and enrichment activities.

We recognises our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain and is committed to ensuring that the fundamental British values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school. We value the diverse backgrounds of all pupils, staff and families and celebrate these through a wide range of lessons and events, teaching tolerance and respect for  each other, the similarities and differences in our community and the wider world.

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Values



 

How we promote it



Democracy

 

Linked to the schools' UN Rights & Responsibility Charter:

 

1 - Everybody has the right to their own ideas,
thoughts, opinions and beliefs

 

3
- Everybody has the right to freedom
from discrimination based on their appearance or belief

 

Linked to UN CRC:

 

Article 12: Children have the
right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions
that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.



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We have an elected School Council and House Captains.
This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the
electoral process.

·        
We encourage volunteerism in and out of school. This
includes things like the Peer Mediators and Buddies and also raising money
for local and national charities.  In
March 2016 we held a month long charity event for Molly’s Charity.

·        
Children in Y5 & 6 have a Citizenship Award.

·        
Democracy is also promoted through additional PSHE
lessons and assemblies.

·        
We have our own Rights & Responsibility Charter,
based on the UN Rights of the Child.  Children
are taught about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and
learn to respect their rights and the rights of others.



The Rule of Law

 

Linked to the schools' UN Rights & Responsibility Charter:

 

1 - Everybody has the right to their own ideas,
thoughts, opinions and beliefs

2 - Everybody has the right to feel safe, happy
and the right to their own space

3 - Everybody has the right to freedom from
discrimination based on their appearance or belief

4 - Everybody has the right to an education and
opportunity to develop their talents

 

Linked to UN CRC:

 

Article
19:

Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect
them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who
looks after them.



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We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this
is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. We recognise good behaviour and
children’s effort through a range of rewards including stickers and House
points. Children are awarded certificates in assembly and good work is
celebrated in Key Stage assemblies. 
Sanctions are also clear and graduated. 

·        
Through our school values, children are taught how to
earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of
morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s
difficult.

·        
The local police officer / PCSO  visits the school to talk to the children.

·        
The children learn about Law and Order through the
school curriculum  

·        
Children are taught about the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights
of others.



Individual Liberty

 

Linked to the schools' UN Rights & Responsibility Charter:

1 - Everybody has the right to their own ideas, thoughts, opinions and
beliefs

2 - Everybody has the right to feel safe, happy and the right to their
own space

3 - Everybody has the right to freedom from discrimination based on
their appearance or belief

 

Linked to UN CRC:

 

Article
31:

All children have a right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of
activities.

 

Article
15:

Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and
organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their
rights



·        
Children are taught about the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights
of others.

·        
Through our school values and system and assemblies,
children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and
aspiration. They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their
interests in art, music, sport etc.

·        
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe,
including on-line. This is done through workshops run by the Local Authority
and outside organisations such as the NSPCC, as well as through the PSHE and
Computing curriculum.



Mutual Respect

 

Linked to the schools' UN Rights & Responsibility Charter:

1 - Everybody has the right to their own ideas, thoughts, opinions and
beliefs

 

2 - Everybody has the right to feel safe, happy and the right to their
own space

 

3 - Everybody has the right to freedom from discrimination based on
their appearance or belief

 

Linked to UN CRC:

Article
2:

The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities,
whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

 

Article
30:
Children
have a right to learn and use the language and customs of their families,
whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not.



·        
We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this
is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.

·        
Children are taught about the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights
of others.

·        
Through our school values and assemblies children are
taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be
supportive and to be understanding of differences.

·        
Mutual respect is also promoted through PSHE lessons
and assemblies.

·        
Children in Y5 & 6 have a Citizenship Award.

·        
We are currently part of the LGBT+ programme

·        
We have registered on the Global Learning Programme



Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Linked to the schools' UN Rights & Responsibility Charter:

 

1 - Everybody has the right to their own ideas,
thoughts, opinions and beliefs

2 - Everybody has the right to feel safe, happy
and the right to their own space

3 - Everybody has the right to freedom from
discrimination based on their appearance or belief

 

Linked to UN CRC:

Article
14:

Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise
their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying
their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters.



·        
We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this
is reflected in our Behaviour Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.

·        
Tolerance and understanding of different faiths and
beliefs is promoted through our Religious Education programme. Children learn
about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals,
this is taught through assemblies and the school curriculum.  

·        
This is supplemented by assemblies (class, Key Stage
and whole school), which mark and celebrate some significant religious
festivals

·        
Visits are made by local religious leaders and children
have the opportunity to visit places of worship.

·        
Children are taught about the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child and learn to respect their rights and the rights
of others.

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