Democracy is the foundation of our system of government and its principles sit at the centre of how our society functions. We ensure that the importance of democracy and democratic principles are reflected at Hugh Christie. We have an active School Parliament which meets to discuss issues in the school and has direct responsibility for certain aspects of school life such as charitable fundraising initiatives.
The study of democracy and democratic principles form an important part of our integrated curriculum at Key Stage 3 and is revisited and built upon in Key Stage 4 through our Focus Fortnight and advisory activities. In major elections, students are provided with a range of information and the opportunity to vote so this behaviour is modelled for the future.
Hugh Christie reflects within its home school agreement and school code, the respects for the rights and liberty of the individual and we teach within our curriculum about how these rights are enshrined in law and in particular, human rights legislation.
Students are allowed to express their views through our monthly online 'Give Your Views' debate. Older students participate in the Mock United Nations General Assembly where topics such as refugees and the environment are debated.
The Rule Of Law
As part of our curriculum we learn about government and the making of laws and about human rights and the law. The importance of the rule of law in the functioning of a community is of course constantly reinforced by our own school code, the standards we set and expect regarding behaviour and the importance we place on the individual’s responsibility towards their community within our school values.
This is an integral aspect of life at Hugh Christie. We state clearly within our school values and code that everyone deserves the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
We expect our learners to be respectful, confident and positive individuals. We encourage every child to care about, and have respect for, their learning, each other and our school environment.
For example, our Student Leaders take part on an annual 'Take Over Day' where they learn what it is like to work as a member of staff at the school. other students are very respectful of students who take on this responsibility.
Tolerance of those with Faith & Belief:
Not only do we demonstrate tolerance of those of other faiths and beliefs, we positively embrace them. Within our curriculum, assemblies and extra-curricular activities the message about the important things that all faiths share and the importance of recognising the common values held by all faiths and by those of no faith at all.
As part of the Focus Fortnight, students visit places of worship to learn about different faiths and beliefs. Through our links with other countries, students lean about different cultures and countries.
For example, students in the REAL curriculum have contacted students in Turkey to learn more about their country. Student Leaders will visit Germany to learn about working and learning in a different country.
Tonbridge Federation Anti-Radicalisation Policy:
The Tonbridge Federation is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a Federation we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All Federation staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to be vigilant in school. All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will know what the school policy is on anti-radicalisation and extremism and will follow the policy when issues arise. All parents and pupils will know that the school has policies in place to keep pupils safe from harm and that the school regularly reviews its systems to ensure they are appropriate and effective.
Link to the school's Prevent Policy