Promoting British Values
Huncoat Primary School is committed to serving the community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of our Local Area; Accrington, Burnley and also within the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students through our tailored PSHE Curriculum, Assemblies and the Wider Curriculum .
Here are our links to British Values, to our Huncoat Values, our assemblies and how we incorporate our British Values in everyday:
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Huncoat Primary School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl and Pupil Parliament positions. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History, Religious Studies curriculum as well as in lesson time, through Picture News and assemblies. We actively encourage all our children to have an opinion and a voice in all they do.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at our school.
Our pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that 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 reinforce this message. Our Huncoat Values and Behaviour Policy help the running of our school rules to keep everyone safe and happy.
At Huncoat Primary School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at school educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. We want our children to grow their own opinions, their own voice and we help all children to develop and grow and know "its ok to be me".
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through online-safety and indpendent work.
Huncoat has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Hucoat Primary School and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Students learn that their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment whilst actively celebrating faiths, cultures and different ways of lives.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of visits and visitors, including students from other cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
At Huncoat Primary School we strive endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.
A link can be found below to the PREVENT website -
A link below can be found to the DFE 'educateagainsthate' website