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’.
As well as learning about our own six school values (created by children, staff and the School Council) of Responsibility, Kindness, Compassion, Honesty, Courage and Aspiration, we also teach pupils to regard people of all faith, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We explore ways for pupils to understand that while we may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
At Hotwells Primary School, this is reinforced in a number of ways:
Each year, we hold elections for our Rights Respecting School Council and Eco Team class representatives. Our pupils and parents also have an opportunity to share their views in an annual questionnaire. This year, we held our first 'Democracy Day', in which children across the school explored how laws are made and even had the opportunity to form their own political parties.
Rule of Law:
We frequently explore this through our PSHE curriculum. For example, children learn about laws during their work on Drugs Education. Our Year 6 class also visit Life Skills at the Create Centre to learn more about laws that keep us safe.
As well as this being embedded through our school ethos, and outlined in our Safeguarding and Equalities policy (which can be found by clicking on the link), we aim to highlight the importance of this through other school activities. This year, we have supported local charities through the North Bristol Foodbank (and our link with Hope Chapel) and international causes through our Shoe Box appeal for children in Calais. Pupils are also actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
Respect is something which encompasses all of our school values. Pupils frequently discuss the importance of respect for others through assemblies and class circle times and explore what this means and how it is shown.This is also covered through our RRSA class charters.
Tolerance of all Faiths and Beliefs:
At Hotwells, we are proud to be a culturally rich and diverse school community and we enhance pupils' understanding of all faiths and beliefs through R.E lessons, PSHE work, circle times and discussion, topic work and assemblies. Members of different faiths are also welcomed to come and share their beliefs, traditions and customs. In the past, we have run Culture Clubs to celebrate our school community and our brilliant Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) meet regularly to think of ways we can continue to do this.