This policy shows how Headley Park meets the DfE guidance for schools on actively promoting British values as part of the requirement to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils.
In November 2014 the DfE produced guidance for schools on actively promoting British values as part of the requirement to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of their pupils.
The guidance says:
Schools should 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.
It says that, through their provision of SMSC, schools should:
- Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
- Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
- Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures
- Encourage respect for other people
- Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The guidance also describes the understanding and knowledge of pupils as a result of how schools generally promote and model positive values and citizenship.
One of the specific challenges at Headley Park, given the relative lack of ethnic and cultural diversity, is to promote an understanding that British values includes tolerance and harmony between cultures and ethnic backgrounds. We are careful in our use of ‘British’ to describe the values we promote to ensure that children understand this does not just mean ‘white’.
We teach and promote British Values through the curriculum in a variety of ways. This includes:
- KS2 lessons produced by ‘Go-Givers’ on rules, democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, cultures, identities and freedom
- A citizenship curriculum based on the principles outlined by the Association for Citizenship Teaching in its ‘Citizenship Ready for Secondary School’ leaflet (see Appendix A). The skills and knowledge set out in this leaflet are taught through topic and English lessons as well as special events such as ‘Election Day’ or fundraising events.
- A school council and other working parties whose members take part in democratic voting processes
- A geography curriculum that covers global citizenship
- A religious education curriculum that teaches about the shared values that religion can promote
- Assemblies, circle times and philosophy sessions that allow pupils to engage critically with stereotypes and prejudices and explore how to show mutual respect, celebrate diversity and follow rules.
- Close links with CPSO who delivers assemblies and workshops on crime, e-safety and upholding the law
- Many sporting opportunities, with an emphasis on team work, equality and fairness
- strong links in our local community with other local schools in the MLP and participation in a range of inter-school activities and competitions
- a positive behaviour management policy, with an emphasis on positive choices and taking responsibility for the consequences of those choices
- Teaching and Learning based on ‘Learning without Limits’ principles with an emphasis on personal responsibility for learning
Modelling British Values
All staff, governors and volunteers at Headley Park are required to reflect the school’s ethos, including promoting British values. This means that we are expected to treat others with respect and compassion, celebrate diversity and show tolerance for different cultures and backgrounds, uphold the law and act as responsible citizens at all times. This includes when we are ‘off duty’. Any views expressed, including via social media, should not conflict with these principles.
It is the responsibility of all staff to be aware of the risk of radicalisation and to report as a safeguarding concern any expression of extreme religious views, and views that conflict with British Values (e.g. that members of the armed forces should be killed). Any online activity that raises concern about radicalisation must also be treated as a safeguarding concern in line with our e-safety policy. This is made clear in the handbook given to all staff and is discussed at staff meetings to ensure full understanding.