British Values at Forty Hill C.E. School

At Forty Hill we take and create opportunities to actively promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
• Democracy
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our elected School Council and Pupil Questionnaires and surveys. We encourage discussion and debate within circle time and Philosophy for Children (P4C). Our pupils are encouraged to have an input into what and how they learn to instill an understanding of democracy for their future.

The Rule of Law:
Our pupils are involved in the creation of the school rules and values to inspire them with this understanding. At Forty Hill, pupils are taught these values and the reasons behind laws, whether they govern the class, the school or the country, that are essential for their well-being and safety. Pupils are allowed and encouraged to debate in class on the matter to encourage recognition of the importance of the law.

Individual Liberty:
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online-Safety and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, for example, by choosing to participate in our various extra-curricular clubs.

Mutual Respect:
The school vision, values and aims promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom rules, as well as our Positive Behaviour Policy. Pupils are treated with respect and learn to treat each other and staff with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We encourage our pupils from different faiths or religions to share their knowledge with their peers to enhance their learning. We do not tolerate prejudice of any kind from children or parents. Multicultural Weeks are held annually where pupils learn about, and from, different cultures and faiths. Visitors from other cultures and faiths are encouraged to visit and teach classes or lead assemblies.