Promoting British Values at Stoke by Nayland School
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Stoke by Nayland School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is very prominent within the school. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Council based upon topics that have been discussed in tutor time. Students regularly complete questionnaires that aid the formulation of school decisions and implementation of pastoral support.
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 the school day; through year group assemblies, tutor time, through our school behaviour policy and the promotion of our community values. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws e.g. that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. SMSC is incorporated into schemes of work and lessons.
Within the school the students are actively encouraged to make choices. Our Ofsted Report highlights that our students know that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our students to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering education through extra-curricular events organised within the community and nationally through Focus and through PHSE lessons. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely.
Our school ethos and behaviour policy has been designed to promote core values such as respect. Stoke by Nayland students have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. One of the many ways in which we recognise students’ demonstration of this value is with rewards such as praise cards, merits and awards that are given out every Friday in the Award Assembly. All students that receive an award in the assembly are reported in a weekly parent update.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing student 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 PHSE and the whole school curriculum.
We also reinforce British Values through competitions based on a ‘British Theme’ or by organising whole school activity days.