At Heathside we uphold the following ethos:
Heathside School promotes and celebrates an inclusive ethos of respect, tolerance and diversity in all aspects of school life.
Heathside School is committed to serving its community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role that we play in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
Heathside School follows equal opportunities guidance which seeks to guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Heathside School recognises the importance of preparing its students for adult life, by developing their personal, social and employability skills preparing them for the diverse and dynamic community in which they will live and work.
An understanding of British Values is a critical part of education in today’s society.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:
Heathside School uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond, including dimensions of PSHE and SMSC, to secure such outcomes for pupils. During tutorial time each week students discuss a different British Value produced by Carelpress. There is a table showing the different Values discussed each week.
The examples that follow show some of the ways in which Heathside seeks to embed British Values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Heathside School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl. The principle of democracy is also studied in the PSHE, History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies. The school also holds their own elections at the same time as Government elections. The Student Impact team represent the student voice and are involved in making decisions on behalf of the student body.
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 Heathside School. Heathside works within a framework of rules, regulations which are there for the benefit of everyone.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Guest speakers such as the Police and local magistrates reinforce this message.
At Heathside School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Heathside School educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Class discussions are an important part of the learning process.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and tutorial activities. There is an active Amnesty International group allowing students to become involved in discussing topical issues.
There is a United Nations Children’s rights and responsibilities booklet in every classroom and students have delivered assemblies on the United Nations and UNICEF.
Heathside has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy allowing students to thrive in and out of the classroom.
Respect is a strong part of Heathside School and is part of its Mission Statement & Values. Give Respect Gain Respect is the underlying principle of the school. Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum allowing students to express their views in a safe environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students benefit from a number of extra - curricular trips and visits which enhance their understanding of different cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced curriculum studying a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Heathside School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a significant contribution to our society.
A full list of British Values which will be discussed during tutor time can be found below: