At Havelock, we promote fundamental British Values through our ethos, the curriculum offer, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and through our work as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. We will actively challenge anyone in the school community expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values. We reinforce and promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC): Article 12 Every child has the right to be heard Article 2 Every child has the right to be treated equally and with respect Havelock is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school. The children decide upon their Class Charter and the rights they want to adhere to in class. The role of the adults, or ‘duty bearers’, is also made clear on the charter. In addition we have a lunchtime and playtime charter so that Rights Respecting language and behaviour permeates all aspects of school life. A group of pupils are nominated as Rights Ambassadors to discuss rights and fundraising, and to present ideas at assemblies on whole school issues. Currently they are working with the School Council to review the school’s anti-bullying policy with the headteacher and PSHE Lead. Worry boxes are also being trialled throughout the school.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a well established school council which meets regularly with the headteacher to discuss issues raised by pupils. Every class votes for a council member in the autumn term. Children have an annual questionnaire to put forward their views about the school. Last year children were involved in making decisions about the new behaviour policy and the new playground designs. They are often encouraged to choose different pathways in lessons, giving them additional choice and autonomy.