British Values

Promoting British Values at Abbeyfield School

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
 
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Abbeyfield these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 

  • Democracy:
    Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Voice and PSHE sessions. The schools Quality Assurance schedule provides termly opportunities to collect the view of students and ensure these feed into improving provision at the school. The democratic process within the school House structure ensures students have an impact in wider national issues. We do elect a Head Boy and Head Girl in year 12 using a student voting system.

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  • 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. 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

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  • Individual Liberty:
    Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make good choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

  • Mutual Respect:
    Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values: Honesty, Consideration, Care and Respect. Pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what these means and how it is shown. Our ethos promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our individual classroom rules, as well as our behaviour for learning policy.

 

  • Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and 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. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We also deliver Philosophy and Ethics teaching to all students in KS3 with the option to study further at KS4.

 

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