Fundamental British Values Statement

At Heathfield Community College we take all opportunities to promote the Fundamental British Values. They are embedded through our Important Beliefs and through the Heathfield Habits. Our curriculum enforces these along with weekly tutor time activities based around the four strands of FBV and the delivery of our SMSC Curriculum. Our assembly programme allows students to engage with all areas of FBV by considering local, national and international events and anniversaries whilst also providing a starting point for discussion in tutor times. All staff at Heathfield Community College are prevent trained and are aware of their responsibilities around radicalisation and extremism.

Democracy In College students are encouraged to participate in a variety of different opportunities which demonstrate a democratic society. We have student elected representatives on Student Council. Form Reps and Year Reps are elected members of the school community who voice student issues along with delivering any actions arising. Students also participate in the Youth Council elections with all members of the student body voting for representatives and issues in the county. The college ensures students are given opportunities to understand politics and the role democracy takes in our society by partaking in mock elections. They also experience an understanding of how democracy has developed in our country through the History curriculum.
The Rule of Law At Heathfield we have embedded our Heathfield Habits which are a co-constructed set of rules that students adhere to in and around school. Our Heathfield Habits highlight the expectations we have for a College that is safe, secure and an environment which is positive for learning. Our assemblies consider the importance of laws, justice and the rights and responsibilities of individuals. We have clear expectations in terms of e-safety and promote safe learning online along with discussing the potential consequences of using the Internet for inappropriate means. The PSHEe curriculum gives opportunities for students to fully understand the differences between “right” and “wrong” and how views may differ but all people living in England are subject to its law.
Individual Liberty & Mutual Respect Students widely participate in extra-curricular activities in school. These activities support students to develop their own personal skills in a wide variety of different areas. Students are encouraged to consider e-safety and personal safety through the PSHEe curriculum and through all lessons. Our students are active citizens in College and can use new technology safely, appropriately and to enhance their learning. Our Heathfield Habits ensure students demonstrate mutual respect for every member of the school and wider community. We actively promote respect for others through the praise and consequences systems embedded into teaching and learning along with the rewards processes in College. Our Anti-bullying policies, assemblies and curriculum teaches students about respecting individuals beliefs and their rights to hold them along with highlighting the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Tolerance of different faiths & beliefs Our students are active participants in their curriculum. The current PSHEe and RE curriculums provide numerous opportunities for students to experience diversity, faith and beliefs. These curriculums ensure students are aware of different faiths and beliefs outside that of the school community. Discussions in these lessons lead to students developing an understanding of personal choice and belief and the respect shown towards all people of every faith. Assemblies lead on a variety of different themes linked to a cultural calendar. As part of Extended Learning Days students will experience a variety of different opportunities to allow them to expand their knowledge of people outside of the college community. Over the course of their school life they will have opportunities to engage with people from different faiths and religions both inside the college and in the wider community.


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