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Pontefract Academies Trust

British Values

Promoting British Values in Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School.

The Government are keen for every school to actively promote the fundamental British Values. These values are:

1. Democracy - respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.

2. The rule of law - respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England.

        - support for equality of opportunity.

3. Individual liberty - support and respect for the liberties of all within the law.

4. Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs - respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religions and other beliefs.

At Halfpenny, we promote all of the above aspects through the following systems.


• School Council are elected by the children and have a voice in decision-making.

• Our school behaviour system encourages all aspects of respect for Democracy and the Democratic process.

• Individual children are elected to posts of responsibility such as Class Monitors or IT Leaders.

• Our children are given the opportunity to be heard and discuss conflicts to find a mutual resolution.

The rule of law

• Children are taught to understand the principles of rules, which enable a community, like a school, to work well. This is supported by our Community Police Officer.

• Children are aware of the impact of not following the rules - the consequences, the expectations and the boundaries in which they work in their school community.

• The children learn to understand the difference between right and wrong in all aspects of school life, throughout the day.

• There is an opportunity for children to put right what has been done wrong, wherever possible.


Individual liberty

• Children are encouraged to give their opinion and to share their ideas with due regard for the feelings of others.

• The curriculum we offer allows all individuals to ‘take part‘ and be involved in the activity - that includes trips or visits out of school and residential visits which involve overnight stays away from home.

• Our Learning Mentors support children with aspects of Social and Emotional learning to help children to feel safe within their school and to know who to go to if they are worried or need help.

• We celebrate achievements in assemblies or through certificates. Children are encouraged to be proud of their achievements in school or outside of school.

• The children have access to Learning Mentor support across each Key Stage, which help them be confident that they can access support in a supportive way.

• The school encourages children to take responsibility for their behaviour and to challenge stereotypes as well as develop an anti-bullying culture.


Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

RE is taught as part of our curriculum in each year group.

  • If not related to the Creative Curriculum we follow the Wakefield Syllabus.
  • The study of different religions to understand the wider aspects of faiths and their differing or similar customs and practices.
  • Our children are encouraged to be aware of their link to their local community.
  • We have monthly visits and collective worship lead by the vicar of St Giles church.
  • Through the study of different religions there is an opportunity to ‘reflect’ upon the impact of that faith to those who believe in it and to those who do not.
  • Children are given an opportunity to develop critical personal thinking skills which will challenge prejudice and discriminatory behaviour.
  • Throughout school life the children are encouraged to discuss the differences between people such as their faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality. They also explore differences in family life such as looked after children or young carers.