Welcome to the Harlow Green Community Primary School website. Our intention with this website is to provide a window into the school for the local and wider community so that they can see what life is like at Harlow Green.
This site has been designed with two main purposes in mind. Primarily, we want to allow parents, carers and families to see the excitement, hard work and development of our children on a day-to-day basis. Secondly, it is essential that we provide a range of information about the way in which we work for our current school community but also those considering choosing Harlow Green in the future.
We hope you enjoy accessing our website and that it provides the information you need. If there is anything else that we may be able to help you with, please feel free to contact us and we will endeavor to have the most appropriate member of staff reply.
Mr M. Malik – Head Teacher
At Harlow Green Primary School, we are proud of our caring, creative and happy environment where all individuals are valued equally and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
At our school, we provide opportunities where children can:
- grow personally and intellectually;
- develop an understanding of how to keep themselves healthy and safe;
- understand how to be positive members of their local and global community;
- experience success and begin to learn about the vast possibilities ahead of them.
Although we aim for academic success for our pupils, we believe that this can only be worthwhile in a context of strong personal development. It is essential that children learn how to be healthy and safe so that they can enjoy success as they grow and develop. We want to help families to develop young people who are positive and confident to access what the world around them has to offer but who also understand the importance of adding to their community and wider society for the benefit of all. We want our pupils to accept that everyone is unique and has value and that we can all live and work together by accepting our differences and uniqueness.
British Values Statement
Our values are part of a wider understanding of the values of Britain and we reflect British values in all that we do.
We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and accepting adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world.
What are British Values?
Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values. So, what are ‘British’ values?
There are certain values that have been attributed to being British, by the government and some institutions, and these fall into the following broad areas:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Acceptance, Understanding & Respect
How do we specifically promote British Values at Harlow Green Community Primary School?
We seek to promote British values in our policies and practice here at Harlow Green Community Primary. Our activities and the way we manage learning and behaviour, clearly reflect British values. We promote these values in the following ways:
- Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services – by discussing these whenever appropriate in curriculum work.
- Teach pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process – e.g. in our School Council work.
- Include in the curriculum information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain – e.g. when considering periods of history where democracy was not as fully developed as it is now.
- Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school – again through the work of the School Council.
- Organise visits to democratic establishments e.g. Houses of Parliament, Gateshead Civic Centre, gatherings of School Councils across the borough.
- Hold ‘mock elections’ so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view e.g. when electing representatives to the School Council for each class and when appointing ‘Buddies’ to work in school.
- Help pupils to express their views e.g. through English lessons and opportunities to present work and opinions.
- Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged e.g. through our interactions with pupils and the school’s behaviour system and discussing scenarios in assemblies and class PHSE work.
The Rule of Law
- Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair e.g. by discussing these with pupils and establishing classroom rules with the pupils themselves.
- Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong e.g. during everyday interactions and discussions of stories, fables and other literary materials.
- Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made e.g. by showing how rules help everyone to interact in an orderly and fair manner and protect the vulnerable in society.
- Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals
- Include visits from the police in the curriculum e.g. have sessions with the Community Police Officers, work with the Youth Offending Team, visits from the Fire Service.
- Teach pupils aspects of both civil and criminal law and discuss how this might differ from some religious laws.
- Develop approaches focused on fairness and justice to resolve conflicts e.g. as part of sanctions in our approach to behaviour.
- Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence e.g. through all areas of teaching and learning in school.
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights e.g. through all of their interaction with adults and each other in school, through the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools agenda and our House Group sessions.
- Challenge stereotypes e.g. through SMSC/PHSE work and assemblies.
- Implement a strong anti-bullying culture – as enshrined in our policies for Anti-Bullying and Behaviour.
- Follow the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools agenda.
Acceptance, Understanding and Respect
- Promote respect for individual differences in all areas of learning and interaction.
- Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life e.g. through our Religious Education work and SMSC/PHSE.
- Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour e.g. through discussion and use of illustrative materials as well as our approach to behaviour in school.
- Organise visits to places of worship e.g. visits to the local churches and other diverse places of worship as appropriate to the curriculum.
- Develop critical personal thinking skills throughout our curricular work.
- Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers e.g. through our SMSC/PHSE and broader curricular work and through visitors to school sharing their experiences.