The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively and to ensure they are taught in schools.
At Weald of Kent, we recognise the multi- cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We are dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to all our pupils.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British Values are:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Weald of Kent uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure these outcomes for pupils. Some of the many ways that we seek to instil British Values are given below:
• Election of School Council.
• Pupil questionnaires.
• Consideration of democracy within PSHCE lessons.
The rule of law
• The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
• Through PSHCE lessons pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Occasional visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
• Both in and out of lessons pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
• Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHCE lessons.
• We have a robust anti-bullying culture (refer to Anti-Bullying Policy and Behaviour Policy)
• Our school ethos is based upon ‘Respect’.
• School assemblies address what respect means and how it is shown.
• Displays around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our Behaviour Policy.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
• Discussions about prejudices and prejudice-based bullying in form time
• Learning in RE and PSHCE.
• Visits to different places of worship in RE lessons.
• Celebration of religious festivals through assemblies and theme days.
• Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school eg. a discussion of fasting during Ramadan.