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.
St Barnabas CE First & Middle School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multicultural, 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, political or financial status, or similar. St Barnabas CE First & Middle 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.
Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. It is therefore important that as a school through our provision of SMSC that we should:
As a result of the promotion of fundamental British values at St Barnabas CE First & Middle School we aim for our pupils to gain the following knowledge and understanding:
At St Barnabas we use strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways St Barnabas CE First & Middle School seeks to promote fundamental British values.
We have a school council, team captains and vice captains as well as prefects. These are voted into position and pupil leaders have to convince and provide the reasons and arguments why they should be voted to have the responsibility they desire. We have good evidence that the school council make a difference and have made decisions that have led to improvements in provision.
We provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services (police visits etc., local councillors explaining what they do). The police make regular visits into school to talk to the children around a range of aspects of their work and to help children to stay safe. The children in year 7 also have a full unit of work based around democracy and parliament and have the opportunity to visit the Palace of Westminster.
As part of our curriculum we provide regular opportunities for children to persuade each other or others of something and, as a result, are giving children the opportunity to demonstrate they are able to come to a reasoned view.
We provide many opportunities for pupils to express their views about a range of subjects and value pupil voice.