Westfield Junior School

British Values

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated ever since.  At Westfield Junior School, values are reinforced regularly on a daily basis and through our Curriculum.

Our School Rules and Classroom Expectations were devised in consultation with our pupils.  We have a School Council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised by pupils in school.  The Council promotes the collective voice of pupils within school and within the local community.  The Council members for each year group are voted in by their class, through democratic election processes.  In addition, in Year 6 the ‘House Captains’ are democratically elected.  Senior Leaders carry out pupil interviews whereby children are able to put forward their views about the school and say what they would like to know or learn about.

 

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 pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons.  Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they conduct a Science investigation, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, or of what books they choose to read, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.  Pupils are increasingly encouraged to steer their learning in the direction of their choice and make decisions about how they want to approach a topic.

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.  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.  Visits from public figures such as the local PCSO help reinforce this message.  During E-safety discussions and assemblies, the notion of how to report those who break the law is also covered.

 

 

Respect is at the heart of our core and pupil values.  Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.  All members of the school community treat each other with respect and such behaviour is celebrated.  Our weekly whole school Celebration Assembly is an opportunity for pupils to share their extra-curricular achievements as well as to recognise achievements within school.  It is a celebration assembly that sees them share certificates or medals and have good work shown on the big screen so that everyone can celebrate the success of others

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At Westfield Junior School, we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children.  Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.  Our R.E. curriculum and PSHE 'Life' curriculum reinforces this.  Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.  This includes children and visitors from both within and outside of our school community.

At Westfield Junior School, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.  Such extremist views which are manifested into any pupil will be approached as a child protection incident.

Westfield Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 0LT

01455 637437

office@westfield-jun.leics.sch.uk