British Values

Crosby High School; Statement on the promotion of British Values

 

As citizens of the United Kingdom teaching and working in maintained local authority British school we feel proud of our country and being able to understand and promote fundamental British values is very much part of our whole approach to the education of the children who attend our school.

As citizens of the UK we are encouraged to:

  • Respect and obey the law

  • A right to a voice, democracy

  • Individual liberty

  • Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions

  • Treat others with fairness

  • Promotion of opportunities for all

  • Look after ourselves and our family and support each other

  • Look after the area in which we live as well as the environment

  • Participate in community life

  • Show tolerance of others beliefs and views

  • Be respectful of cultural diversity

  • To contribute to and benefit from cultural and economic resources

 

At Crosby High we promote these fundamental British Values throughout our curriculum in all subjects but also in the wider school context for example in assemblies, in rewards events, in school policies,  in our weekly recognition of pupils who exemplify British values and also through  the examples set by staff. Clear evidence of this area being key to our whole school ethos is demonstrated by the fact we have achieved Level 1 status as a Rights Respecting School (Unicef)

All members of staff are bound by law to uphold the 2011 “Teachers Standards.” As part of their professional and personal conduct teachers are to;

“Uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school, by not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

How we promote fundamental British Values at Crosby High School

The following is a brief overview:

In PSHE/Citizenship pupils learn about their own and the wider community, pupils are encouraged to listen to each other, take turns, treat themselves and others with respect and to value the differences we all have. In Years 8 and 9 pupils complete a six week topic area on ‘Being a UK citizen’ and ‘British Institutions’ eg: law, democracy, free speech. Whenever possible we invite other professionals into school to talk to the children about their role in society, for example the local community police officer.

In PSHE/Citizenship KS4 pupils study ‘Diversity, Discrimination and Prejudice’ for a half term. We look at the impact of immigration, living in a diverse society and the benefits of mutual respect and co-operation.

History, RE and Geography promote ‘British Values’ through inspiring curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. In these subjects we look at our local and wider environment, to promote the feeling of ‘belonging’ and ‘inclusion’ on a local and national level. By emphasising respect and tolerance for others within the school community we provide a firm basis for other pupil’s futures as good citizens, able to make a valuable contribution to British society.

In addition to this, key events and figures that have shaped our country are studied in History and RE from the Magna Carta to Winston Churchill, the suffragette movement to both World Wars.

RE and Assemblies

Through these areas the school aims to develop an awareness of the importance of British, religious and moral values and also to promote understanding of and positive attitude towards other races, religions and the British way of life.

Children gather for collective worship in a variety of situations and group sizes depending on their key stage. There are two whole school assemblies (Monday and Friday) and Key Stage assembly (alternating KS3 and KS4) on a Wednesday. Staff always base the theme on an aspect that is social, moral, spiritual or cultural (SMSC)

Every week the pupils are set “Talk Homework” which is designed to engage families in discussing key topics. Each half term is themed against an area of the social, moral, spiritual or cultural (SMSC) agenda. “Talk Homework” is available for families to see on the website and is also in every pupils planner

Every week the pupils focus on the “Theme of the Week.” This theme is based on the social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) and focuses on personal qualities, friendships and mutual respect and support.

Every week in assembly a “Pupil of the Week” from each class is recognised fir something they have done well in; this is not always in terms of academic success and improvement but also in terms of personal qualities such as kindness, sharing, being honest, being supportive. Each half term all pupils who achieved the “Pupil of the Week” award are named on the school newsletter.

Every week in assembly there is a focus on behaviour; children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and we also use a “Restorative Justice” approach for any higher level behavioural issues for example when a pupil returns from exclusion.

 

Charitable and Voluntary Work

Throughout the year there are a various charity days or events run by the staff and pupils to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Charities we support annually are MacMillan’s Big Coffee morning, Comic Relief, Children in Need and Jeans for Genes day. We support other causes as they arise  for example in October 2014 we supported the local food banks with our Harvest offerings, in December 2014 pupils ran a charity day to raise money for the Ebola crisis and supported the local Waterloo Partnership who work with a twin town of Waterloo in Sierra Leone and in April 2015 we supported the Nepal disaster.

At Crosby High we encourage pupils to show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of others, particularly those living in the locality in which the school is situated. There is always a focus on helping others in the school and voluntary work is encouraged. Pupils volunteer through the PSHE curriculum for example working with the elderly and also as part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme where pupils volunteer in local charity shops, litter pick and are currently working on an allotment.

 

Find us

Address

Crosby High School

De Villiers Avenue

Crosby

Liverpool

L23 2TH

Contact

Tel: 0151 924 3671 Fax: 0151 931 5083
Email: info@crosbyhigh.org