The Department for Education expects all schools to promote British Values. These are stated as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
At Hillbrook we promote these values in a wide range of ways.
Every year, we elect school councillors to represent each class in our school council. We learn about democracy through a fair voting system which we use in lots of different class decisions. We have had visits from MPs who taught us about Parliament and how laws are made in our country.
This year, the school council is organising a campaign to get our bins back! We have been out and about on Hillbrook Road to speak to our neighbours and are in contact with Wandsworth council to make a positive impact in our community.
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 Hillbrook. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Three Rs, Playground Rules and Safety Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from external authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.
At Hillbrook, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, 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, for example through E-Safety.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We are lucky to be in such a diverse community in Hillbrook. Respect is one of our very important 3R rules and we show this to adults, other children and to ourselves. In class, we celebrate our differences and learn from each other’s experiences by exploring different faiths and backgrounds.
We also actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Religious Education lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.