Diversity is embraced in our community and our curriculum complements the ‘Fundamental British Values’ (as described by the Government as: Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance).
Click ‘British Values’ to see our recent assembly on this.
Schools are now required to show that they are actively promoting British values. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’, stating – values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Bromley Heath Junior School we believe these values are fundamental human rights which we actively promote in conjunction with our own school expectations of enjoyment, collaboration, self-confidence, pride, respect and responsibility. These values are integral to the education we believe every child is entitled to; it permeates all aspects of school life. Values are taught implicitly and explicitly at Bromley Heath Juniors.
Below are examples of the ways these are promoted within Bromley Heath Junior school both implicitly and explicitly.
In everything we do…
As a part of our daily school life, we have school and class rules, voting on class and school wide issues, behaviour systems created by the children, certificates, stickers and raffle tickets etc. In lessons we empower children to make careful choices, participate in paired work, group work, turn taking, sharing, tolerance, support, respect and empathy. These are all taught and modelled by all members of staff.
We encourage children to be role models for others and encourage them to actively demonstrate Successful learner behaviours and attitudes at all times. In each class we have elected Young Leadership Team representatives who explicitly role model this to other pupils and gather pupil voice feedback regularly to ensure that all feel valued and celebrated. We promote roles and responsibilities in all classrooms through a vast array of ‘jobs’ for to ensure that all pupils take responsibility for our school environment and those within it. Our Year 6 and Year 5 pupils are responsible for a wider range of school ‘jobs’ including: ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ leaders, office assistants, door monitors, assembly assistants and tidiness monitors ; awarding CUBY and CUBO awards in our weekly celebration assemblies. We have a team of Librarians who are responsible for raising reading enjoyment across the school and who promote reading during playtimes and lunchtimes through our ‘Book Buddy, Book cart’ initiative.
We have a clear behaviour policy which teaches boundaries, recognises pupils who fulfil expectations, rewards those who go above and beyond, and supports pupils to improve if they do not live up to the expectation. We believe in a resolution approach to issues and dilemmas, ensuring that all pupils are listened to, conflicts are resolved peacefully and children have a clear understanding of why their behaviour was inappropriate and how they could manage it differently in the future. We promote mutual respect at all times. Click here to see our behaviour policy
At BHJS pupils are actively encouraged to make choices both in learning and at play, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely,
We ensure all objectives of the National Curriculum 2014 are covered through our school based curriculum. A curriculum that actively encourages our children to consider the past and aspire for the future. Our History, Geography, Art and Music curriculum particularly enables pupils to develop an understanding of how people and events in the past and present have shaped the society we live in today. Through our Life Learning scheme of work (see planning) and our whole school assemblies pupils are encouraged to think carefully about the part they have to play in society, now and in the future.
Our Life learning lessons also challenge stereotypes, reinforce rules and responsibiltiies, promote individuality, respect and tolerance.
Teaching and learning of RE and Community Cohesion activities ensure pupils develop a secure understanding of the UK as a multicultural society; promoting tolerance and understanding of commonalities and uniqueness’s. We also have a very secure and well developed ‘Successful Learner’ approach to learning which promotes and empowers independent, successful learners in our school.
Events and community
Charity fundraising activities are well supported at BHJS. A charities committee help to arrange and support fund raising events across the school year and individual groups or children regularly run their own projects to raise funds for causes which have personal significances. Our community links ensure that during their school career children have opportunities to experience and celebrate similarities and differences in our local, wider and international communities (Badminton Gardens retirement home, School links in – currently in a school in Portugal – , Black and Asian Police group and enterprise/career fayres).