Promoting British Values at
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College
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.”
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College is committed to serving its community. 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. Clare Mount Specialist Sports College is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to all our students.
At Clare Mount Specialist Sports College these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.
In our school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as:
The Rule of Law:
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.
The importance of laws and rules, whether they be those that govern the country, the school, or the classroom, are consistently reinforced through the school’s Rules, throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour, and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules and laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
The students are taught how rules and laws are there to protect us; keeping us safe. They acknowledge their responsibility to uphold rules and laws, and understand the consequences when laws are broken.
In our school we promote the importance of the Rule of Law through such things as:
Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.
Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are given advice on how to exercise these safely, for example, through our Life Skills, PSHE and PSD lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices.
In our school we promote the importance of the Individual Liberty through such things as:
The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and Students have been a part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Students develop an understanding of tolerance and mutual respect. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
At our school we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own.
This is achieved through enhancing students’ 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, Life Skills, PSHE and PSD. The school runs events, such as the ‘European Week of Languages’ and ‘British Values and School of Sanctuary Week’, which help develop students’ tolerance to those from other countries, as well as celebrating being British.
Our Religious Education scheme of learning throughout the school involves the students learning both knowledge and understanding of the different world religions and how these beliefs impact on daily lives. Christianity as the main religion of the indigenous population, is taught alongside Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Celebration of festivals throughout the year e.g. Diwali, Chinese New Year, Hanukah.
In our school we promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as:
During the week we had our PSHE week and our theme was ‘Promoting British Values’. During the week we hosted a number of activities, such as:
Whole school Assembly to launch British Values Week
Form time was dedicated to learning about British Values
Life Skills and PSHE lessons helped students understand British Values
Students created their own placemat for the forthcoming ‘Street Party’
Students took part in Clare Mount’s British Values Key Ring competition
Balloting for Student Council Form Representatives
It was a fantastic week, culminating in an indoor Street Party for students and staff, which was highly enjoyed by all.