Hendon Brooks British Values Statement
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote BritishValues more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
Hendon Brook School is committed to serving its community.It recognises the multi - cultural, multi - faith and ever - changing nature of the United Kingdom.
It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or
financial status, or similar.
Hendon Brook School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students.
The examples that follow show some of the ways Hendon Brook School seeks to instill British Values.
Hendon Brook has termly elections for the school council. There are also regular
opportunities for children to share their views about school reward systems and
consequences. Pupil voice activities are scheduled into the monitoring and evaluation
calendar for the academic year ahead. Pupils have made important decisions about the
purchase of school playground equipment and decided upon new menus for lunch
The rule of law
Our children are taught the value and reasons behind
school rules and consequences. They debrief following incidents when someone has been hurt or property damaged and
restorative approaches are used. Children are taught about the law and consequences of
breaking the law. School works closely with Police and PCSOs who help children to
understand their rights and responsibilities.
Pupils are taught and encouraged to make individual choices. Pupil voice regularly
ascertains how safe children feel and children are taught to ask staff for advice to make
good behaviour choices. There is a zero - tolerance approach to any form of bullying –
physical, verbal, homophobic, racial or cyber forms of bullying. SEAL and PSHE lessons
ensure that all children know how to behave safely and there are high expectations that they
will behave safely towards others.
There is a weekly behaviour target for the whole school based on respect and all children
have an individual target based on the need to regulate their behaviour choices and show
respect to all children and adults in school. Respectful behaviour is rewarded by ‘Respect time’ and a weekly raffle.
The children are taught about the impact of violent behaviour on others through our support
for the charity ‘Every Action has Consequences’.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
RE lessons teach children about how faith is important to different people and how they
celebrate their religion. Staff members of different faiths and cultures share information
about their family festivals and beliefs. Children are taught to be respectful towards all others
who have different beliefs.