Promoting British Values at Hope High School

Promoting British Values is at the core of everything we do at Hope High School. We take great pride in creating and upholding a community which is open and engaging in all aspects of British life.

We aim to encourage all our pupils to be accepting of different faiths and backgrounds and to develop an awareness of the countries and cultures that make up Great Britain. Topics are covered in our PSHE/Citizenship and RE lessons giving pupils the opportunities to discuss issues that are relevant in today's Britain.

Our whole culture at Hope is based on democracy and the Rule of Law; pupils earn points for behaviour and attitude to learning in each lesson, underpinning acceptable ways to behave, to listen to others points of view and to have a say in how others behaviour affect the whole group's progress. Pupils are able to raise concerns to school council members who in turn debate the issues to form a resolution.

As an SEMH school, we promote strategies that enable children to develop the way they express their emotions and behave in a socially acceptable manner. Hope High School's behaviour points system is also used by staff when pupils act in a manner which promote the British Values we all like to see in society; excellent manners, helpfulness, being caring, resolving conflict, empowering others....Pupils who earn such points are duly rewarded at the end of each term, which encourages the whole community to engage in a culture that promotes British Values.



The Department for Education state that there is a 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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. Hope High School has built links with Lancashire Police and pupils will all access advice sessions regarding British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs which also includes diversity and hate crime. At Hope High School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Democracy is a key part of life at Hope High School; pupils know that the staff at the school will listen to their concerns and act upon them if necessary. Pupils are awarded class points from one to four depending on their attitude to learning.

Each class at the school democratically elects their representative on the School Council and they meet regularly to discuss school issues. All staff at the school fully support the culture of approachable and positive communication with pupils.

Hope High School consistently reinforces the importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the classroom, the school or the country. Pupils are awarded class points from one to four depending on their attitude to learning. Staff at the school are therefore constantly reminding the pupils of their awareness of the need for our school to be a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, through the point earning system we have in place; discussion takes place at the end of every lesson to focus on each individual’s acceptance of the rules of the classroom, which in turn provides a basis for acceptance of rules and laws outside the school environment.

Within school, 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 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 online safety and Citizenship lessons.

Our pupils are given the freedom to make choices; our Pastoral Team and other staff consistently remind pupils to ‘own their own behaviour’ as we help prepare them for life outside, and after school.

Hope High School encourage that all members of our community respect each other; a weekly Praise Assembly takes place on Fridays, where staff and peers recognise the achievements of our pupils and publicly celebrate them.

When conflict occurs, there is a well-established system of Restorative Practice that is embedded into the way of life at Hope High School. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at Hope High School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.

Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs. Hope High School enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education delivered in Personal Development lessons, along with Citizenship and P.S.H.E. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.

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