We agree with the Department for Education’s five part definition of British Values:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Sidestrand Hall School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school.
The Department for Education 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.”
At Sidestrand Hall School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded within our curriculum, our school vision and our approach to life at the school. Pupils have the opportunity to vote on decisions at individual and class levels and to have their voices heard through our School Council and House Captains. The election of representatives for House Captains takes place when a vacancy arises and is a fully democratic process with each pupil being entitled to have one vote. Pupils are often asked to help interview potential new staff who are interested in coming to work at the School; their viewpoints are fed back to the Governing Body and help to inform the recruitment process. Pupils are regularly asked for their views through questionnaires and the EHCP process. Pupils are encouraged to decide which charities to support at Sidestrand Hall School through the school council meetings. This academic year we have already raised money for Comic Relief, Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Rule of Law:
At Sidestrand Hall School our pupils learn about the importance of Laws, whether they be rules that govern the school, a class or the laws of the country. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws, that they help us to live our lives, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils in Key Stage 3 onwards learn about the Green Cross Code as part of their TITAN training and regularly practice obeying this in order to keep them safe when out and about in the local community. As part of our PSHE curriculum, pupils learn about the role of the Police and other emergency services in helping to uphold the law. We also work with our local PCSO throughout the year.
Our School Rules:
Keep everyone and everything safe
One voice at a time- kind words only
Right stuff, right place, right time
Keep your hands and feet to yourself
Do as a member of staff asks you- first time
We value independence for all our pupils and we create opportunities for pupils to make choices and to have appropriate freedoms within a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights but also to understand that there are times and circumstances which limit opportunities and the choices available to them. Through our E-Safety, RSE and PSHE and Citizenship work we educate our pupils on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At Sidestrand Hall School pupils are also given the freedom to make choices on their curriculum. As they move through Key Stage 4 taking accredited courses in options of their choice. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a range of trips including residential trips.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Pupils and staff treat each other with great respect. PSHE and Citizenship lessons promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our behaviour policy and school rules. At Sidestrand Hall School we encourage pupils and staff to work together and demonstrate mutual respect. We have regular assemblies where we celebrate achievements of our pupils and celebrate our best work. We welcome every visitor and pride ourselves on being friendly and having a ‘family’ environment and ethos.
Respect and 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. The school enjoys theme days each term which encourage learning about different faiths and cultures as well as learning about ourselves. In addition to visits out from school, such as trips to various places of worship, we invite people from other cultures to talk to us, tell us stories, teach us dance, run music workshops, help us to prepare food and celebrate differences. Through our RE curriculum our pupils learn about different religions and beliefs, about the key celebrations of different faiths and how different religions worship.