British values are of paramount importance to us. We see British values as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain
As well as actively promoting these values to our students, we are also embedding these into student work across all curriculum areas
In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave education prepared for life in modern Britain and these values were first set out in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.
Democracy – Students, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices.
The Rule of Law- The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern our company or our country, are referred to and reinforced often, such as in classrooms and when reflecting on behaviour choices.
Individual Liberty – Alongside rules and laws, we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express views and beliefs. Through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and empowering education, we provide boundaries for everyone to make choices safely.
Mutual Respect – We work in an area which is greatly culturally diverse and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs.
Tolerance of Different Faiths & Beliefs – This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.
With these in mind, we aim to:
- Help students to become valuable and rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
- Promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different beliefs and faiths to students.
- Ensure young people understand the importance of respect and leave education fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
- Celebrate difference and promote diversity.
- Encourage an understanding of the difficulties other cultures face where such values are not respected.
We are also taking action to:
- Embed different materials about democracy and how the law works into different curriculum areas.
- Ensure that all our students have a voice that is listened to and valued and demonstrate how democracy works through promoting and encouraging students to feedback to us through Student Surveys.
- Use opportunities such as general elections, current news and debates to promote British values and help students to argue and defend different points of view.
- Actively consult with our students to gather student views and feedback on our key policies that effect the student body.
- Encourage student participation in working with the wider community and celebrate key events such as Holocaust Memorial Day and Armistice Day to gain an understanding of how British values have evolved.
- Encourage students to become responsible learners and to actively participate in their own learning and development.