At Hollinswood Primary School, we ensure that through our vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families. We also ensure these are taught through a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British History.
Hollinswood Primary School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values.
To understand how they can influence decision making through a democratic process.
We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Safeguarding Squad and pupil voice interviews. The elections of School Council Members are based solely on pupil votes. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and RE curriculum as well as in Picture News assemblies.
To understand that the freedom to choose is protected in law.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE and Forest School lessons.
To understand that while people may hold different views, we may show respect towards them.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around our 4R core values, including ‘Respect’. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. These ideas are reiterated through school and classroom rules. Our PSHE curriculum embodies values of Mutual Respect through units of learning such as ‘Relationships’ and ‘Celebrating Differences’. Through sports coaching, we promote an attitude of equality and fairness. Across the school, staff deliver assemblies which uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance. These are also taught within a range of foundation subjects and on an informal nature throughout the school days.
The Rule of Law
To appreciate that living under the rule of law protects us and is essential for our well being and safety.
The importance of laws and rules, whether they be those of the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days; when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they protect us; the responsibilities that they hold and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and Ambulance etc. help to reinforce this message. We have a clearly structured behaviour policy which all stakeholders understand and follow. The concept of the Rule of Law is also reinforced through teaching activities in our PSHE curriculum.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
To accept that others have different faiths or beliefs (or none) and these should be accepted and tolerated.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are regularly held. This is also taught explicitly through the PSHE curriculum. We follow the Telford and Wrekin agreed syllabus for RE (SACRE) which provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.