At Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School we aim for our children to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
We have a School Council which consists of two members from each KS1 class who are nominated and voted for by their classmates. They meet every few weeks with the PSHE subject leader and one of our Behaviour and Safety Governors to discuss a range of issues. These issues include social and moral elements of school life, such as creating codes of conduct for playtimes and modelling positive behaviours for their peers. The areas for discussion are then fed back to the rest of the class where they can all share their views and thoughts. Where decisions need to be made, each class member has a vote to ensure their opinion is heard.
The Rule of Law
Our School Rules are clearly outlined in our Behaviour Policy, which is also shared with parents and carers. At the beginning of the year class teachers discuss these rules with their pupils and personalise them according to the age and needs of the class. All the adults and children at our school are asked to read our Home/School Agreement at the beginning of the school year. This includes our school rules. Our children voted for their top five values. These are now inherent in our daily lives and all members of our school community are encouraged to engage with and embrace these values as part of everyday life. These values are:
Care, Respect, Share, Enjoy, Friendship. These rules and values are revisited regularly through PSHE lessons, assemblies and class circle times and there are clear sanctions for rules that are broken, visible to all through our Behaviour Policy. We ensure that children understand that school and class rules are there to protect us and are essential for our wellbeing and safety. Elements of the History and R.E curriculum also enable children to explore and discuss the role of law and authority in the past, for example through studying the Gunpowder Plot.
We encourage our children to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment to enable them to do this. Through our PSHE lessons we discuss different choices that children may make and the consequences of those choices. Children are continually encouraged to make the right choices by all adults working in school and this theme is revisited through a programme of class assemblies and circle times. We encourage independent thinking, which encourages the children to reflect on their learning and the choices they have made. The importance of making safe choices is reinforced particularly when using the Internet. As well as in individual lessons, this is shared with the whole school as part of our E-Safety education.
Our whole school ethos is built around mutual respect. We are an inclusive school where everyone is valued. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. The importance of working together is explored through the Personal and Social curriculum which we follow. Our playground Peer Buddies support all of our children to respect each other throughout the day, including lunchtimes, when they help children to play together in a kind and caring way, monitoring the friendship stop to make sure everyone has a happy time.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Many different faiths and beliefs are explored and celebrated through assemblies, RE sessions and visitors to our school. The children are taught that people have different faiths and beliefs and that these should be respected. Children within our school with different faiths are encouraged to share their practices and special celebrations. Parents are invited to share celebrations from a range of faiths with us, including attending Harvest and Diwali assemblies as well as other events such as Chinese New Year.