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Promoting British Values at Hoole St Michael CE Primary School
The Department for Education state that there is a 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Hoole St Michael CE Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways.
Democracy is embedded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council and eco-council members, House Captains and vice-house captains are based solely on pupil votes (following presentations), reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
To learn about the work of our school council (click here to access)
To learn about the work of our eco council (click here to access)
To learn about our house captains and vice captains (click here to access)
Election of House Captains and Vice House Captains: Autumn term 2016
During the first week of the autumn term, our Year 6 pupils have expressed an interest in becoming house captain for their team (Mars, Saturn, Venus or Neptune). In order to be elected, the pupils have been expected to make a presentation to their class or team explaining why they should be elected to this position.
Below are some presentations (in note form or powerpoint) produced by our Year 6 pupils who expressed an interest in becoming house captain.
If you want to know who was elected as House Captain - click here!
Election of School council and eco-council: Autumn term 2016
During the first week of the autumn term, our Year 3 to 5 pupils expressed an interest in becoming members of the school council and/or eco-council. In order to be elected, the pupils have been expected to make a presentation to their class or team explaining why they should be elected to this position.
Below are some presentations (in note form or powerpoint) produced by pupils who expressed an interest in becoming in becoming part of either council.
If you want to know who was elected onto the school council - click here!
If you want to know who was elected onto the eco-council - click here!
EU referrendum day: Thursday 23rd June 2016
In order to learn more about our electoral system, vote annually for a charity to support throughout the year. Last year we voted on General Election Day in May. 'Guide Dogs for the Blind' was duly elected as our chosen charity last year. We managed to raise over £400 which we used to sponsor three guide dog puppies.
This year, as last year we used a voting slip and visited a voting booth in order to undertake a secret vote. Pupils, staff, governors and parents put their vote into the ballot box. At the end of the day, the votes were counted, checked and the winning charity was announced in the following day's assembly.
This year we had a landslide victory for Christies Hospital in Manchester. This charity received 72 votes. We are therefore delighted to announce that 'The Christie' has been duly elected as our focus charity for 2016 - 17.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the school or the country, are consistently reinforced.
Our school has rules (click here to access) which are deeply embedded in our work every day.
Each class discusses and displays the school rules which are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every pupil is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our 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.
Details about school rewards and sanctions, choice and consequences are detailed in our behaviour policy (click here to access).
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 our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment, an empowering education and a curriculum based upon clear Christian values. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Further details about our PSHE curriculum (click here to access)
Further detail about our computing curriculum and e-safety (click here to access)
Further detailabout our extra-curricular activities (click here to access)
Respect is one of our core values and key to our school rules. Our pupils were fully involved in the creation of our revised ‘mission statement’ in the autumn term 2014 and it is deeply embedded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of respect at Hoole St Michael CE Primary underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.
To view our mission statement, rules and values (click here to access)
Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs
Our core value of respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Hoole St Michael CE Primary enhances pupils' understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies following the Blackburn Diocese scheme; PSHE work, visits to places of worship, welcoming visitors of other faiths, respecting the different faiths and beliefs of our own members of staff and enjoying in-depth of study during themed weeks. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
Further detail about our RE syllabus and our RE lessons (click here to access)