The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. There is an emphasises on schools that they are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Stevenage ESC uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for pupils. Here are some examples of when British values are shared:
Democracy is deeply embedded within the school we ensure all students are listened to by adults. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through many avenues but especially the Student Voice. Our school behaviour policy involves rewards as well as consequences.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the Centre, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through group lessons. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a Centre we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safety, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing and their tutor time activities.
Respect is at the core of our Centre ethos and is modelled by pupils and staff alike. The Centre promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy pupils are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing student understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies, curriculum opportunities (PE & PSHCE in particular) and trips and visits facilitate discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.