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Promoting 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.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.

Within The White Hills Park Federation Trust, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

  • Promotion of our School Council and Pupil Voice.
  • Responding to questionnaires and shaping school decisions. 
  • Debating society 
  • Year 7 transition & Year 9 options questionnaires completed annually and actioned for the following year 
  • Representative of Broxtowe Youth Mayor 
  • Participation in a mock election. Assembly/class visits from members of the community/councillor/school governor 
  • School house system including points 
  • Senior Students & Peer Mentors  
  • Discussion in lessons
  • Pupil Community Ambassadors

The Rule of Law

  • Rules and sanctions across the Federation through a referral system 
  • Code of conduct 
  • RE/PHSE/Citizenship curriculum 
  • Sociology, Psychology and Government and Politics offered at GCSE and A Level 
  • Consistent application of the Federation behaviour policy 
  • Class and school awards/achievement assemblies 
  • School rules/class rules 
  • Team work, group activities 
  • Encouraging moral behaviour and manners 
  • Respect for authority

Individual Liberty

  • Staying safe initiatives over the year including the photo booth project – internet safety/road safety/safety in the community 
  • Challenging stereotypes within our curriculum 
  • Disability awareness
  • Lunch time clubs
  • Specific assemblies to mark annual days i.e.remembrance day
  • Pupils have key responsibilities in school – play leaders, buddies
  • Peer Mentors and Senior Students coaching PP and Year 7s who need help ‘closing the gap’
  • Citizenship modules such as ‘Being British’ and ‘The Notts Project’ 
  • Representation at Holocaust Memorial events

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Celebration of different religions and festivals in RE lessons
  • Accommodation of different religious choices 
  • Culture day 
  • Community projects such as food and clothes collections 
  • Senior Students have a specific ‘community’ role 
  • Focus on representing British Asians in Media Studies 
  • Exploring foods from different cultures in Food Technology 
  • Membership of The Broxtowe Community Celebration Group 
  • All individuals from diverse backgrounds encouraged to participate in all aspects of the Federation i.e. PTA

Equality for All

  • Promotion of pupil voice through a specific teaching and learning group and pupil surveys 
  • Participation in sporting activities promoting equality, fairness and inclusion 
  • Buddy schemes across school 
  • Awards and achievements/presentations 
  • Inclusive environment 
  • Go4Schools
  • Top 50 and Summer Graduation (not just based on achievement) 
  • Specific schemes of work including Drama, History & Sociology i.e. study of Rosa Parks