Promoting British Values

The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.

Westcroft School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has 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.

It follows 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. Westcroft School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five key British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The school uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Westcroft School seeks to instil British Values.

Democracy

Primary – from Year 5 pupils vote for their school council member, pupils are used during class time for modelling or leading, they choose and vote on topics for their reward cards and choose their rewards activities, they have voted in school talent shows.

Secondary – all pupils vote for their school council member, they make choices for extended day activities, they vote for new house names each year, school council were involved in the interview process for the Principal of WVTC, aspects of democracy are developed further as the pupils move through school, they are taught about the role of democracy in British society, they take a fuller role their making choices beyond school.

The rule of law

Primary – pupils know the school rules and its rewards and consequences, they understand that there are health and safety rules that apply to them e.g. while swimming, wearing a seat belt etc., they are taught right from wrong, as part of the curriculum they have visits from police and fire service.

Secondary – all pupils know the FAIR rules and the rewards and consequences, they have visits to and from the emergency services, they know that there are specific health and safety rules in some practical subject areas, they are aware of and sign up to our internet safety rules, through the curriculum they engage in learning about British laws and the consequences of breaking those laws, they think about moral issues that they may face in adulthood, at KS5 the students have a handbook which includes grievance procedures.

Individual liberty

Primary – pupils know about bullying and the consequences of this, they are encouraged to be a “good friend” and are involved in buddy reading and peer mentoring, they are always encouraged to make the right choice.

Secondary – pupils make individual choices for healthy eating, extended day, reward trips, after school clubs, residential, pupils understand how to inform staff when they feel they are being bullied, at KS4 and 5 they have personalised timetables for which they have taken an active part in choosing, they are more involved in their Annual Reviews and know that their voice can be heard.

Mutual respect

Primary – it is one of our FAIR rules, through circle time and news time pupils are encouraged to listen and respect the views of others.

Secondary – the FAIR rules are a whole school consistent approach, they know to show respect towards others and their environment, peer assessment is encouraged, for some pupils ILP targets may reflect and reinforce the need for respect, assemblies to promote mutual respect and celebrate achievement, older pupils act as leaders both in school and out, lots of in school competitions through the house system, older pupils act as reading buddies with Primary aged pupils.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Primary – pupils learn about other faiths and beliefs through RE and we have celebration assemblies, lunch menus and activities.

Secondary – the RE curriculum exposes pupils to the 6 world religions, they visit places of worship, they know the consequences of any racists behaviour, a creative curriculum allows pupils to be exposed to society and environmental issues.