In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.
Hanley Swan pupils are always listened to and are taught to listen carefully and with consideration for each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our popular School Council (see School Council page).
Each class has an elected member on the School council and the Year 6 pupils are encouraged to present their thoughts to the whole school community. Following the presentations a whole school vote takes place, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.
The Rule of Law:
Hanley Swan has Rules, which are deeply embedded in our work every day. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Hanley Swan educates and provides boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety, philosophy and P.S.H.E. lessons.
Whether it is through choice of charities to fund raise for; of how they record or complete work; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Tolerance of Those with Different faiths and Beliefs:
Hanley Swan enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies; P.S.H.E. work; welcoming visitors that are not predominately white British, having a very strong link with a school in Tanzania (see Maweni page) and enjoying a depth of study during themed weeks.
During Modern Britain Week the variety of faiths, cultures and beliefs that make this country so special, is studied in depth, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.
Hanley Swan has 6 core Christian Values that help the pupils and wider community reflect on themselves and others, Respect is one of them (see Christian Values page). Though specific activities in lessons and Collective Worship the pupils are taught about respecting themselves and each other, just as the Bible teaches.
For more information on the work that we do in school to cover British values and living in Modern Britain please see the Modern Britain page...