British Values and the Social, Moral and Spiritual Curriculum
As a result of staff support for the development of the Votes For Schools Programme, we have been provided with a courtesy subscription for a year. This package is being rolled out across the whole school. Each week a 'hot topic' is introduced and explored. Participants are then able to 'vote'. Data is collected and analysed nationally, e.g. by gender, age group, location. This enables learners to deepen their understanding of democracy, and compare their views to those of others around the country.
SMSC and British Values underpin our work. Themes are woven through the curriculum and learning displays.
Learners are encouraged to reflect during the day. Moral and ethical discussions and decision making are central to our work in helping learners to manage their behaviour and make informed choices.
We actively prepare learners for adult life by encouraging respectful behaviour and promoting healthy self esteem.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be:
These values are shared through discussions, displays and discrete learning activities.
We use restorative practice to help learners to understand each other and promote respect and dignity for everyone. Everyone in our school is treated fairly. However this does not mean everyone is treated in the the same way at all times.
Learners and staff are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where people are safe to disagree with each other.