Whitehall Primary School takes opportunities to promote British Values, defined by the Government as the following:
the rule of law
tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Pupil questionnaires and PSHE activities. Councillors are elected through democratic voting in each class at the beginning of the school year.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school day. Pupils 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 the Police; Fire Service etc are incorporated into the curriculum as appropriate.
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 pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety. Whether it is through choice of challenge, or of participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and positive behaviour policy has revolved around our ‘Code of Conduct’. Our values are reinforced through displays, newsletters, and our website and in the curriculum when opportunities arise. Pupils discuss the values as part of our collective worship.
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. Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have followed and been supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the school.