British Values / SMSC
At Highfields Primary Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, taught and lived out through our Academy. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHCE lessons and school assemblies provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, residential visits to outdoor centres and through visiting speakers from all faiths and groups. Their strong-rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
The government introduced Britsih Values to be taught in schools in 2014, these are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
"Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.”
At Highfields Primary Academy we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
All curriculum areas have a contribution to the child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum. Christian values, principles and spirituality will be explored in the curriculum, especially in RE. The integrity and spirituality of other faith backgrounds will be respected and explored. The diversity of spiritual traditions will be recognised, and pupils will be given access to alternative views.
All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. Children should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others.
Children should understand their rights and responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. School and classroom rules promote responsible behaviour. All curriculum areas should seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This will be reflected in the teacher's planning and learning resources.
As part of our committement to this, we have selected some specialised providers to deliver some specific training, including:
Crucial Crew - We visit the Crucial Crew site in Rotherham on an annual basis. This allows the children to experience real life scenarios that they will encounter in everyday life and look at ways to deal with these situations positively. The site is set up like a real village - giving children a realistic experence.
The Big Talk Education - This year we have used Big Talk Education to deliver sex and relationship education throughout the entire school. The programme delivers information on sex and puberty, as well as delivering messages about staying safe and strategies children can use if they do no feel safe.
DARE Programme - This year we have bought into the DARE programme for the first time. It focuses on teaching Year 5 and 6 children, strategies to stay safe and healthy. The programme focuses on topics such as drugs, alcohol, theft, bullying and knife crime.