British Values

The Department for Education 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.”

Promoting Fundamental British Values - Government Information

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Crispin School these values are reinforced regularly through a whole school approach as well as through Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education.

Citizenship is taught throughout key stage 3. Furthermore, Tutor Time is used in Key Stage 3 and 4 to develop student’s inquiry skills through the process of exploring the weekly citizenship registration and citizenship lessons.

Introduction

The Crispin School values of Learn, Love, Laugh, Lead, and Leave a Legacy form the basis of our students understanding of wider communities and there are numerous academic and pastoral opportunities that embed this ethos.  The school also places an emphasis on embracing the values of self-responsibility, democracy, equality and equity. We also recognise the importance of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of all learners and this is at the heart of our school ethos and practice.

Democracy

Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a Student Voice group, comprising of pupils from each year group who meet regularly. This is attended by a designated member of the SLT, as well as by members of the Governing Body, by invitation, to discuss issues raised in class and year group meetings. The Student Voice group is genuinely able to effect change within the school. Two representatives from each year group are voted by their peers to represent their year group at Student Voice meetings.

The election of the Student Leadership Team is also a democratic process. Hustings and elections take place each Spring for the election of Head Girl, Head Boy and their Deputies.

Democracy within PSHE and Citizenship

Students complete lessons focused on the following areas:

  • The process of voting and elections
  • The role of Political Parties
  • Political parties in the UK
  • Democracy versus dictatorship
  • Benefits of being a UK Citizen

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 regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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 and the involvement of Youth Intervention, help reinforce this message.

The Rule of Law within PSHE and Citizenship

Students complete lessons focused on the following areas:

  • Law and justice
  • Animal rights and the law
  • The role of the police
  • Legal systems in the UK
  • Law and Society
  • Human Rights
  • Crime and the Individual
  • Crime and the law
  • Gun and knife crime

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils 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 young people to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Individual Liberty in PSHE and Tutor

  • Students complete lessons focused on the following areas:
  • The rights of the child
  • Know your own human rights
  • Keeping safe and consequences
  • Online encounters
  • Where do I go to find help?

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Examples of how respect and tolerance are observed are evident for example in LGBT Week, Anti Bullying month and Black History Month. All of these key events are marked within the school community and embody links made with other organisations and national awareness platforms.

Mutual Respect in PSHE and citizenship

Pupils complete lessons focused on the following areas:

  • Sense of self
  • Respecting equality and diversity
  • Working together to improve communities
  • Community cohesion

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. The Beliefs and Values and PSHE curriculum reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

There is a Theme for the Week is shared during registration and also during the Progress leader and SLT assemblies. This encourages pupils’ knowledge and personal reflections on the topics of tolerance, the diversity of faith and beliefs as well as community.

At Crispin School, we will actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views. In instances where ‘extremist’ views are encountered, the School will refer to the Local Authority’s Prevent Strategy and will act as necessary.

Tolerance Within Citizenship

Students complete lessons focused on the following areas:

  • Respecting equality and diversity
  • Cultural celebrations

Last Updated: September 2017