British Values & PREVENT
In 2014, Michael Gove announced that maintained schools in England are required to promote British Values. This means that schools must teach:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect and tolerance of those with difference faiths and beliefs
In 2015 Sir Michael Wilshaw said any school failing to do this could be in jeopardy of falling into an Ofsted category.
The Government have just launched a new website which gives practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
WHAT ARE BRITISH VALUES?
The teaching of British Values fits into our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) education. We ensure that our children understand that people have different views about right and wrong but everyone who lives in England is subject to the British rule of law. We must therefore ensure pupils are able to challenge opinions and behaviours which are contrary to our British Values.
It is important that children explore how our values and traditions have been established yet at the same time recognising that we live in a diverse, multinational community. As part of our curriculum we explore the concept of British within its historical context such as the ‘gunpowder plot’ and the suffragettes.
We promote discussion to deepen pupils understanding that there are values which are shared, understand what is distinctly British and how these traditions have evolved. It is important that we celebrate British values but understand that society is changing and evolving.
At Gillshill we believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore the issue of diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society. Providing a safe learning environment in which children can raise controversial questions and concerns without fear of reprimand or ridicule and explore boundaries of what’s acceptable will engender an open attitude to multi cultural and race issues.
We fundamentally believe that we must treat everyone with respect whatever their race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, special need or disability. We aim to engage children in promoting a positive attitude to others with a focus on shared values whilst developing a high regard for themselves. By building self esteem, children are encouraged to stand firm and be positive about others and not be influenced by any negative peer pressure they may encounter.
By the time the children leave Gillshill we will enable them to think for themselves by providing many opportunities for discussing debating, researching, questioning etc set within the context of learning based on sound knowledge and understanding.
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