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British Values.

What are British values?

According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:

  • democracy.
  • the rule of law.
  • individual liberty.
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Since November 2014, schools must promote these values through their curriculum and extra-curricular activities. They are part of our educational duty.

At SPRS we follow government guidelines on delivering these important values which are intended to:

  • 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 for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • 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.

There are many ways that these can be taught. SPRS ensures that all pupils on our roll are provided with opportunities to acquire British values. Some ways that this is done is via:

  • discrete lessons in Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Drop Down Days when the whole school focuses on one aspect of education eg cultural awareness or problem solving.
  • points system directly linked behaviour in lessons and social time with rewards for effort, progress and improvement through taking responsibility for behaviour.
  • visits from outside agencies which provide information to staff and pupils eg Restart a Heart day.
  • Assembly topics which focus on different celebrations and traditions of a range of faiths.
  • explicit expectations of respect towards peers, staff and members of the community with whom pupils come into contact.
  • bullying issues taken seriously and addressed through restorative practice.
  • involvement in nationally recognised schemes which are accredited due to the diversity promoted eg Prince’s Trust projects.
  • pupils are involved in the school council through being chosen from their tutor group and then also involved in job interviews, meetings to discuss issues relevant to pupils and assisting with decision making about aspects of school life.

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