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British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the 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. At Horizon these values are reinforced through regularly and in the following ways:
 

Democracy

Each year the children decide upon their class charter/ rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to drawing this up with their class teacher/s.

Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Two of the three council members for each year group are voted in by their class.

Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.

Scouting: within Beavers, a colony is split up into  smaller groups called Lodges. Lodges have the opportunity to vote on different activities that the colony take part in. Beaver Scout Forums called 'Log Chews' allow children to express their opinions on  programmes and get them involved with planning camps and events. Cub packs are split into smaller groups called Sixes, with an elected leader (Sixer) and a second in command (Seconder). Often the Sixers have the opportunity to run a session, instead of the adult leader. Cub Pack Forums and Cub Leadership Forums give Cubs an opportunity to be actively involved in running the pack.
 

The Rule of Law

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 authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Scouting: Beavers, Cubs and adult Scouts at the school, are invested into the movement by making a promise to uphold The Cub Scout Law at all times. This is taken very seriously and the values behind the promise are reinforced daily and celebrated with other Scouts and the community through ceremonies such as 'moving on', 'Grand Howl', 'Beaver Call' and regular inspections. 

Individual Liberty

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 young 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 advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our Restore and respect workshops, E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Scouting: 'taking responsibility and making choices' is part of the Scouting method. All our Beavers and Cubs have the opportunity to take part in adventurous outdoor activities. Learning skills such as archery, backwoods cooking, fire-lighting skills and earning their night away badge. They learn to have the upmost respect for their environment and how to risk assess activities, so that they are safe.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values at Horizon. 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. Living and learning our HEART values, everyday.

Scouting: respect runs throughout the movement and is seen in its values, method, ceremony, structure and salute.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

At Horizon 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 RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

Scouting: One of the scouting values is to explore faiths, beliefs and attitudes. All Beavers and Cubs share in spiritual reflection and celebrate each others beliefs. Beavers and Cubs have the opportunity to gain their 'World Faith Badge'. Different versions of the promise celebrate the diversity of Scouts. With over 28 million Scouts in the world, it is a truly international movement and ensures that our children are international citizens.   

 

At Horizon we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

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