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British Values

A key strength of our school is found in the values we hold as a community. Respect, equality, ambition, honesty, perseverance and community underpin all that we do as a school.

There is significant overlap between our school values and the British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. As with other schools, we seek to promote these values to ensure our young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

Below are examples of where these values are explicitly taught in our curriculum:

Democracy:

Year 7 PSHE

2 sessions on a basic understanding of how the UK government works.

Year 8 PSHE

2 sessions on political parties and political debate.

Year 9 PSHE

2 sessions on regional and local government.

Year 10 PSHE

2 sessions on voting.

Year 12 Psychology

Majority and minority Influence covered.

Year 12 MFL

How democracy works in other European countries discussed.

‘Reflection Focus’ - e.g. all year groups:

‘Making Change happen’ (Nelson Mandela Day); ‘Non-violent protest’ (International Day of Peace).

Rule of Law:

Year 7 PSHE

2 sessions on justice and the judicial system.

Year 8 PSHE

2 sessions on innocent until proven guilty and precedent.

Year 8

RE Impact of the law.

Year 9 PSHE

2 sessions on trials and punishment and rehabilitation.

Year 10 PSHE

2 sessions on the legal system and being arrested.

Year 11 PSHE

2 sessions on mandatory sentencing and anonymity.

'Reflection Focus’ - all year groups

e.g. Human Rights and the use of torture’ (linked with Amnesty International campaign and Trump’s first tv interview as president); ‘Judgements (Malala Day).

Individual Liberty:

Year 7 PSHE

2 sessions on human rights and the UN charter.

KS3 Art

Freedom of the individual to express themselves through art emphasised.

Year 8 PSHE

2 sessions on the right of free speech.

Year 10 PSHE

2 sessions on gender and the right to be yourself.

Year 10 RE

Human rights and the fundamental uniqueness of the individual covered.

‘Reflection Focus’

All year groups: e.g. ‘Freedom: Individual Liberty’; ‘Poverty Trap’.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

Year 7 PSHE

2 sessions on cultural differences in education.

KS3 Art

All art work to be respected emphasised as cornerstone of free artistic expression.

Year 8 PSHE

2 sessions on cultural differences in work and politics.

Year 9 PSHE

2 sessions on cultural differences in family and art.

KS3 Science

Emphasis that humans are all essentially the same.

Year 9 PSHE

2 sessions on gender and homophobia.

Year 10 RE

2 sessions on islamophobia.

Year 11 PSHE

2 sessions on historical and cultural approaches to the role of women in society.

‘Reflection Focus’ - all year groups

e.g. ‘Walking in someone else’s shoes; (Ramadan); ‘Tolerance - exploring multiculturalism’ (Pentecost); ‘How can light guide us?’ (Divali) ‘Interfaith Dialogue’ (Inter-Faith week).

Female Genital Mutilation:

Year 7 PSHE

2 sessions on what is FGM and how to support someone if you are concerned.

Year 11 PSHE

1 session on FGM, in the context of cultural differences to the role of women in society.

Radicalisation:

See ‘Building children’s resilience to radicalisation’ pg 8 of The Prevent Duty; DfE June 2015.

This suggests a 3 prong strategy to counter radicalisation:

‘Provide a safe environment for debating controversial issues - and helping them understand how they can influence and participate in decision-making’

Reflection focus and PSHE provide many opportunities to discuss sensitive and controversial issues.

‘Developing effective ways of resisting pressures, including when and where to get help.’

Year 8 PSHE session, specifically dealing with how someone may become radicalised and to recognise the signs of how groups might manipulate and use individuals.

‘Need for mutual respect and understanding of our diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities.’

Please see ‘Mutual Respect and Tolerance’ above.