The Hart School actively promotes British Values through our curriculum choices and teaching and learning practices, for example challenging opinions and behaviours in lessons and through our personal development programme: tutor time, Life Skills lessons, Life and Soul days and assemblies. This ensures that students are able to distinguish right from wrong and to have some knowledge of the civil and criminal law of Britain. Students are able to build respect for the democratic processes on which law is made and applied in Britain.
As part of our approach to British Values, we take very seriously our public sector equality duty (s.149 of the Equality Act 2010) which requires us to have due regard of the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under that Act;
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Head Girl. The principle of democracy is explored in departments like English and Humanities as well as through our Life and Soul Days and assemblies.
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. Students are taught the values 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 are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make safe choices, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing, and their Life and Soul day activities.
Respect is one of our core values and is modelled by students and staff alike. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy, students are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment in class where students are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to our new student mentoring programme which will be launched once we are in a position following government guidance to remove year bubbles. This will promote mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the school.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school. Our curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. This is delivered across curriculum areas, in tutor time, assemblies, and Life and Soul Days with visits from members of different faiths helping to avoid misconceptions.