Developing our pupils’ awareness of British Values is important to us. We look for opportunities within our PSHE programme, curriculum, extracurricular programmes and enrichment provision to support the delivery of these values.
We have a Pupil Council which is made up of tutor group representatives to share views and contribute to wider school decisions at regular meetings. We also link with Pupil Councils in our cluster schools. We have a Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl to represent pupils.
Pupils are given opportunities to develop their understanding of democracy within tutor time activities, assemblies and within subject areas. These include holding mock elections to develop pupils understanding and experience of democratic processes.
The Rule of Law
Our pupils learn to respect rules and laws. These range from the expectations that are put into place at our school to guide pupils’ behaviour and conduct to understanding the laws within the country that shape our behaviour in the wider community. Pupils learn about the consequences of making choices and decisions within the PSHE programme.
Pupils are educated and supported to make safe choices throughout their time with us. We develop their awareness of making safe choices and give them the freedom to make choices through a variety of assembly themes, subject lessons and enriched opportunities.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We recognise and celebrate diversity, showing respect, consideration and cooperation so that we can work effectively together in our school and wider communities. Our Religious Education curriculum also covers all main faith groups looking at various aspects of their religious beliefs so that there is greater understanding and tolerance between groups.
Radicalisation and Extremism
Our school fully supports the view that all pupils should be protected from extremism and radicalisation:
Extremism is defined by the government as ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs’ whereas radicalisation is the processes whereby beliefs are converted into extreme political, social, or religious ideals.
(GOV, Prevent policy document)
Our commitment to safeguarding our pupils’ welfare means we are vigilant to monitor vulnerability to radicalisation including:
- Changes in behaviour
- Family unrest
- Sense of isolation
- Experience of racism or discrimination
- Feeling of failure
Any concerns are reported to our Designated Safeguarding Officer on the Senior Team.
A cross-curricular approach
Pupils and staff engage with British Values through SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) opportunities which are planned into the curriculum, PSHE and assembly programmes to enrich the learning experience of all. Our assembly programme has been designed to raise pupil awareness and understanding of themes such as remembrance, human rights, freedom, morals, empathy and decision making which are important in shaping the roles our pupils play in our community. Our themes are based on the Rights Respecting Schools programme and we have achieved Level 1 accreditation.
- Pupil Council elections and regular pupil council meetings
- Primary Sports Leadership programmes
- Prefects’ responsibilities
- Head Boy & Head Girl elections and responsibilities
- Peer mentoring programmes
- Annual Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition