The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
Stockland Green School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, political or financial status, or similar.
Stockland Green School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. The five key British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Promoting ‘British values’
At Stockland Green School we use a range of strategies within the curriculum and beyond to secure the promotion of SMSC and fundamental British values. Our core values of Aspire, Believe, and Achieve demonstrate our commitment to promoting fundamental British values and are visible throughout the school environment and are promoted in everything we do.
All students have an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of democracy through:
We recognise the importance of student opinion and take their views into consideration when taking significant decisions within the school community, e.g. during our recent consultation on changes to our school uniform. We regularly seek the opinion of our students via questionnaires and proactively seek opportunities to informally gather the thoughts of our students.
All students watch presentations from our potential Head Boy and Girl candidates, they then make their decision based on the presentations to vote to elect the Head Boy and Head Girl for their House. Students have a voice that is listened to, through their elected form representatives, the House Ambassadors. The House Ambassadors work with the Head Boy and Girl for each House and the Enrichment Leaders.
From Year 7 to year 11 pupils cover a range of topics relating to democracy. During period 6 Citizenship lessons students receive lessons on British Parliament, the voting system, elections and election campaigns and the process of democracy.
During the EU referendum students discussed the pros and cons of remaining or leaving the EU. Students then carried out a vote and the results were published on our school twitter page.
Student Leadership opportunities:
The Aim Higher Challenge Programme provides opportunities for students across Y7-10 to develop the school culture and ethos through three student leadership groups: Community Champions, 21st Century Leaders and Teaching and Learning Leaders. Students have their own leadership training and write action plans to shape their work for the academic year.
The Challenge Task Unit provides further opportunities for some of our most able students across Y7-10. These students form our school Press Gang and Research Crew. The Press Gang have their own area on the school website and Twitter feed ensuring students have a vehicle to communicate key elements of school life. The Research Crew investigate key whole issues, for example independent learning, discussing with students, teachers, parents and carers, feeding back their findings to the Leadership Team. In addition, we consult parents on school change, e.g. new Go 4 Schools reporting and assessment procedures for which parent groups were consulted and helped to advise on final proposals.
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern our day to day activities, within the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced. At Stockland Green School we have clear behaviour and praise policies. Pupils receive an assembly at the start of the school year and every term which consistently promotes the message of mutual respect and expectations in relation to Stockland Green School behaviour policy and expectations within the classroom and around school. Below you will find just a few examples of where you see “the rule of law” in action;
We endeavour to reward persistently positive behaviour and students who continually excel in their lessons. Students have the opportunity to earn House Points for effort, commitment to extra-curricular opportunities and attainment. Students who achieve 100% attendance and punctuality, no negative behaviour logs and complete two House Challenges per half term are eligible for our ‘Aspire’ reward event. Our pastoral programme re-enforces school rules and policies. Students consider what it means to be an outstanding student and to make a positive contribution.
Our teachers and pastoral teams all work together in ensuring that students understand rules and responsibilities and the consequences if these are broken. The school feels calm and focused, leading Ofsted to comment ‘Consistent work by all staff to apply the schools’ behaviour and rewards policy has ensured student behaviour has rapidly improved from inadequate to good. Students agree that the school is a comfortable place to learn, with good relationships between all groups of students and their teachers.’
We work closely with the local Police, who visit the school regularly and take and take an active role in supporting our rules and expectations. Via our PSHE programme workshops are delivered to reinforce understanding around joint enterprise, knife crime, online safety – CEOPS, Child Sexual Exploitation, knife crime, and conflict resolution with Y11.
Some example of curriculum provision include:
- The SMSC programme provides opportunity to discuss the meaning of role and responsibilities and the students’ role in the community within the locality of the school and society more widely. Students will also have discussions and complete activities on school rules.
- During citizenship pupils will also cover rules, UK law and justice promoting awareness of UK laws and the purpose of laws.
Every student is an individual and brings different skills and qualities to our school. We are proud of this and aim to ensure that there are a range of different opportunities available to develop the unique skills of our students. All subject areas create an atmosphere of respect within their classrooms to ensure that students feel safe. Whilst we are not naive enough to say that bullying does not happen at Stockland Green School, incidents are rare and acted upon quickly to ensure that students understand this is not accepted, nor will it be tolerated.
Our pastoral team is instrumental in this process and supporting other staff in building a positive culture where differences are respected, celebrated and all students feel confident, supported and happy in school.
Some examples of curriculum provision include:
- Citizenship lessons focused on anti-bullying and supporting strategies.
- Assemblies promoting anti bullying through the form of a student production led by Drama department
At Stockland Green School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive setting. Staff educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Good quality pastoral care and guidance is provided by the pastoral team and wider staff to our students to support them in making individual choices. Below you will find some examples of individual liberty in action;
Freedom of speech and discussion:
Pupils are supported to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety, anti-bullying/ homophobic bullying and SMSC/PSHE.
At Stockland Green School students are encouraged to take part in competitive sports such as netball and football against other schools, highlighting their ability to make informed decisions.
All students are encouraged to discuss issues promoting their freedom of choice with their house form representative who then communicates back to Head Girl and Head Boy.
Respect is a strong part of Stockland Green School. Termly assemblies are carried out by the Head Teacher highlighting the importance of mutual respect and how this can be demonstrated via the ‘Stockland Green Standard’. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments. Pupils demonstrate courteous and polite behaviour’s and are encouraged to acknowledge such manners in others. Below you will find some further examples of mutual respect in action:
Our assemblies have covered topics such as Black History, equality and hate crime, being charitable, internet safety around the posting of messages and carers and disability awareness. The SMSC assembly themes will respond to both local and world events to support student understanding of their world.
Some further example of our SMSC/PSHE and Citizenship curriculum provision includes:
SMSC assembly themes focus on diversity, black history month, anti-bullying and respect for all – Holocaust Memorial Day promoting mutual respect and respect for their own and other cultures.
- Pupils will complete a range of activities based upon friendships and feelings to support the development of the ability to respect others and encourage respect for others through SMSC activities and dedicated PSHE days.
- Encouraging understanding of poverty and homelessness
- Building an awareness of education around the world
Belonging to a diverse and multi-cultural and multi faith city our school community reflects much of that diversity. We are part of a school and local community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Below are some examples of how this is promoted here at Stockland Green School;
Religious Education/Philosophy and Ethics/Sphere
Our curriculums recognises this and within Religious Education in KS3 students study a variety of faiths including Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity. Particular areas of focus include:
In Year 7 and 8 students study the six major world religions and look at a range of thematic approaches, for example prejudice and discrimination.
All students Y9-11 follow our Philosophy and Ethics programme during P6 citizenship lessons. The programme topics such as:
- Animal rights
- Responsibilities towards global issues viewed through the different religious perspectives.
- Questioning religious belief
- Looking at near death experience
- Religious rules and world order,
- Christian and Muslim views on law and order, for example attitudes towards capital punishment.
Students who opt for GCSE RE follow the OCR specification. They study modules including religious attitudes to human relationships, beliefs and practice in Christianity and Islam, medical ethics, religion, peace and conflict.
SMSC assembly themes and activities
During Citizenship students will cover SMSC topics such as world fair trade, British Values, refugee week and freedom, encouraging students to understand the importance of other cultures. Assembly themes are also delivered linking to Diwali, Easter, Ramadan and Christmas enabling students to respect a variety of cultures.
Interaction of staff and students:
At school we promote positive interaction between staff and students; this is illustrated through passing the time of day and conversation with students.
Sporting and House competitions:
Sporting and house competitions help to instil fair play and promote team spirit.