Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust

    British Values

    The DfE’s proposal to promote British values through a school’s PSHEE curriculum is in line with Section 78 of the Education Act (2002). In the November 2014 document, Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools, the advice stated is as follows:

    Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs1. This can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in their provision of SMSC.

    British Values:

    • democracy
    • the rule of law
    • individual liberty
    • mutual respect
    • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith 

    Hillside High School educates its students on British Values in the following ways:


    • All students at Hillside take place in votes for student council representatives.  Each form group has 2 members of the student council who meet up termly to discuss a variety of issues.
    • Year 7 students SMSC lessons about Political Systems.  Students learn about different political systems with a focus on democracy.
    • Year 10 students SMSC lessons about Political Systems focusing on the power of the government and democracy. Students also study different electoral systems and alternative forms of government in other countries to enable them to compare them to the UK system.
    •  Student Voice activities are regularly undertaken throughout the year to canvas opinion on the school, its curriculum, behaviour and uniform. Departments also carry out their own student voice surveys.
    • Students in years 7 – 10 took part in a whole school competition to come up with the values behind Hillside Way.
    • Students have worked together as forms to devise the images and words for the school’s British Values Display.

    ​The Rule of Law

    • Year 8 students complete an SMSC lesson based on the law with a focus on criminal and civil law. Students also learn about the courts and tribunals process.
    • In year 9 students complete SMSC lessons learning about restorative justice, alternative punishments and the role of the police and the courts in upholding the rule of law.
    • Year 10 students study legislation and the judiciary system which promote the rule of law in SMSC lessons.

     Individual Liberty

    • Hillside High School is a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged; this is promoted through the school ethos.
    • The option process which students undertake in year 8 promotes individual liberty.
    • Across the curriculum, students are encouraged to voice their opinions in class discussions.
    • Students are rewarded using Vivo rewards systems which encourages them to make the right choices in their behaviour.
    • In years 7 – 10, all students receive one assembly per week with a dedicated focus linked to the thought of the week.

     Mutual respect

    • The Hillside Way promotes positive values such as respect.
    • Students are graded 4 times a year based on their attitude to learning.  The attitudes to learning grading is based on a number of British Values such as reliance, respect, self-motivation, responsibility.
    • LT assemblies are linked to “national weeks” e.g. Holocaust  Memorial Week, St Georges Day, Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day
    • All students have Religious Studies lessons once a week.  Students in year 9 are currently working towards a full GCSE in religious education. These lessons promote tolerance of those of different or no faith and those who have differing beliefs.
    • Students in Year 9 learn about stereotyping and discrimination in SMSC lessons.
    • Students in Year 10  study Human Rights Act, the UN and Commonwealth
    In alliance with Merseyside’s Police’s Anti-Terrorism Unit, the SMSC programme includes lessons on identifying extremism, understanding the difficulties in tackling the issue for all year groups.