Promoting British Values
In the 2011 Prevent Strategy, the Government published a statement of British Values. Schools have an obligation to help students understand these values.
The key themes are:
* The rule of law
* Individual liberty
* Mutual respect
* Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our students experience and explore the British Values through their study of GCSE Citizenship and also via our commitment to improving their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
In addition to the taught elements of the curriculum in which aspects of democracy are explicitly taught – for example through the subjects PSE and Humanities, we provide students with a real experience of democracy when we can. During the recent European referendum our own election took place to mirror the national vote. Student Voice is given a high profile with student questionnaires influencing departmental planning and Student Panels involved in recruitment.
The Rule of Law
We have clear expectations for all members of our school community. A review of our code of conduct is explicit part of our Induction process. Taking responsibility for our actions is central to our ethos.
Expectations are reinforced in tutor activities, lessons and assemblies. There are opportunities to work with the police and other community representatives. These give students a fuller appreciation of the importance of the rule of law.
Our philosophy includes a commitment to personalised learning. We are dedicated to our aim of treating all students as individuals, setting them unique targets and emphasising that rights are accompanied with responsibility.
The supportive culture within our school is dependent on mutual respect. We expect the adults and the students to show each other respect. The principle of “being the best we can be” can only be fully realised if we are tolerant, respectful and caring of the needs of others.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We actively seek to ensure that our curriculum fills the gaps that children in more diverse communities take for granted. Our students are growing up in a complex and ever-changing world. We attempt to draw upon events on a national and global scale in our PSE, curriculum subjects and assemblies, creating opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and challenge each other’s views in a safe and supportive environment.