Here at Halfpenny Lane we recognise the multi-faith and multi-cultural make-up of the United Kingdom, and we believe it is important that we promote the inclusive values which make Britain great.
We are a truly inclusive school. We welcome all pupils entitled to education under British law, whatever their faith, ethnicity, political viewpoints, sexuality or gender.
Here is a statement which outlines some of the ways in which we seek to promote British values at Halfpenny Lane:
- Our School Council is elected by the children, giving them a voice in decision-making.
- Individual children are elected to posts of responsibility such as Class Monitors or IT Leaders.
- Our school behaviour system encourages respect for the idea of democracy.
- Our children are given the opportunity to be heard and discuss conflicts to find a solution that works for everyone.
- Children are taught to understand the principles of rules, which enable a community – like a school – to work well. This is supported by our Community Police Officer.
- Children understand the results of not following the rules and are well aware of the expectations and boundaries which come with being part of our school community.
- The children learn to understand the difference between right and wrong in all aspects of school life.
- Wherever possible, children are given the chance to put right things that have been done wrong.
- We encourage children to give their opinion and share their ideas while respecting other people’s feelings.
- Our curriculum is focused on getting individuals involved and making them ‘part of things’ – that includes school trips and residential visits which involve overnight stays away from home.
- Our Learning Mentors support children to feel safe at school, and they know who to go to if they are worried or need help.
- We celebrate achievements in assemblies and with certificates. We encourage children to be proud of their achievements, both in and out of school.
- We encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour, to challenge stereotypes and to spread an anti-bullying culture.
- We teach Religious Education (RE) in each year group at Halfpenny Lane. Our RE curriculum offers a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
- We have monthly visits and collective worship led by the vicar of St Giles’ Church.
- We encourage our children to be aware of their links to the local community.
- We help children develop critical thinking skills to challenge prejudice and discrimination of all kinds.
- Throughout school we encourage children to discuss the differences between people, such as their faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and sexuality. We also help them to explore different kinds of family lives, like foster care and young carers.
- We successfully integrate new pupils from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
- We often have visitors from other countries and cultures who share their culture with our pupils, such as a recent African Food technology day.
- We believe that the 6Rs of learning encompass the range of British values:
We discuss these traits in assemblies and PHSE sessions, and look for them in the choices that our pupils make.