Hawley Primary School is committed to meeting the needs of individuals by creating a caring, stimulating and challenging environment which enables everyone to fulfil their potential. Our vision statement reflects our commitment to this:
Happy and healthy children in a happy and healthy school.
Aiming high to achieve our potential.
Working together to build a strong community.
Learning to question, enquire and explore the world.
Encouraging respect and tolerance, welcoming diversity.
Your pathway to the future - 'learning for life'
PROMOTING BRITISH VALUES
The Department for Education have 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.”
These values are interwoven within the curriculum of Hawley Primary School and are promoted in the following ways:
Hawley Primary School has an active School Council and Eco Chief body. Children have the opportunity to put themselves forward for roles within these, with each class represented. The School Council and Eco Chief body are run by elected committees. Children in Year 6 apply for the roles of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary and are voted for after presenting their ideas and answering questions. The School Council meets every month to discuss issues or concerns raised by their peers and other wider school issues. Further information about the role of the School Council at Hawley can be found in the Pupil Voice section. We have links with our local councillor, Adrian Collett, and groups of children have visited the local council offices.
The Rule of Law
The children learn about the importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the wider community. The children are taught from an early age the rules of the school, which we refer to as our Golden Rules. Children are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws and the responsibilities that come with choice. Regular visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message. Our School Councillors, and Eco Chiefs support their peers in thinking through the choices that they make, for example discussing the importance of recycling and adhering to the Highway Code.
The children are encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our children to make informed choices. They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E -Safety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual Respect is modelled throughout the school and is a regular point of discussion during assemblies, circle time and PSHE. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others.
At Hawley Primary School Peer Mentor sessions (KS1) and Philosophy for Children sessions (KS2) encompass the above issues and children are encouraged to think widely and critically about challenging issues. The children are provided with regular opportunities to work alongside children from other schools and backgrounds, for example competing in sports, taking part in music festivals and local cluster learning challenges.