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Promoting fundamental British values at Holte School

Our values statement

Our school serves an inner-city, ethnically diverse, and culturally rich community. We are ‘dedicated to learning as the foundation for life’ and preparing students for life in modern Britain, and the wider world.

The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

We are committed to promoting fundamental British values through a wide range of explicit and implicit educational activities and the articulation of, and demonstration of these values. British values are promoted through our social, moral, spiritual and cultural, (SMSC) education which permeates through the schools’ assemblies, curriculum, ethos, student voice, teaching and learning and its commitment to inclusion.

Our approach to promoting fundamental British values 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.

Promoting fundamental ‘British values’

At Holte 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 collaboration, aspiration, respect, equality and responsibility, demonstrate our commitment to promoting fundamental British values and are visible throughout the school environment and are promoted in everything we do.

There is also an expectation that all teachers exploit and develop opportunities for the effective promotion of a student’s SMSC education in lessons. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Holte School seeks to embed British values.

Democracy

All students have an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of democracy through:

  • An active School Council that adheres to democratic principles
  • Various opportunities to participate in student voice
  • A curriculum that develops pupil understanding of Britain’s parliamentary system and other forms of      government.
  • Extra-curricular activities that promote democratic processes.
  • The selection of School Councillors, Prefects, Peer Mentors, Sports Leaders and House Captains.

The Rule of Law

All students have an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the rule of law through:

  • The school’s Behaviour for Learning policy, including a clear code of conduct and expectations for all pupils.
  • An outstanding system of pastoral care, guidance and support.
  • A robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy and anti-bullying charter.
  • A comprehensive system of rewards, recognition and sanctions
  • The PSHEe and Citizenship curriculum focusing on the rule of law
  • Values-based school assemblies and a weekly SMSC newsletter
  • Restorative approaches to conflict
  • Effective links with West Midlands Police and other authorities.

Individual Liberty

All students have an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of individual liberty through:

  • The school’s Behaviour for Learning policy, including a clear code of conduct and expectations for all      pupils.
  • An outstanding system of pastoral care, guidance and support.
  • A robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy, and anti-bullying      charter.
  • Participation in a wide variety of school and local community charitable events and opportunities for volunteering
  • Students have key roles and responsibilities in school, such as Eco-leaders, Prefects, Peer      Mentors, House Captains and Sports Leaders
  • All  students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in safe and supportive      environment
  • As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, including those      relating to e-safety and extremism
  • Through our curricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices

Mutual respect

All pupils have an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of mutual respect through:

  • The school’s Behaviour for Learning policy, including a clear code of conduct and expectations for all      pupils.
  • An outstanding system of pastoral care, guidance and support.
  • A teaching and learning  environment based on mutual respect
  • A robust anti-bullying culture and a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy, and anti-bullying      charter.
  • A comprehensive system of rewards, recognition and sanctions
  • A curriculum where all pupils have an opportunity to express their views in a safe environment where the  thoughts and answers of all are respected
  • Our PSHEe and Citizenship curriculum, including Sex and Relationship Education
  • Values-based school assemblies and a weekly SMSC newsletter
  • Our Peer Mentors, Prefects, House Captains, and Sports Leaders promote mutual respect between students throughout the school community

Tolerance of different beliefs, cultures and faiths

All students have an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the tolerance of different beliefs, cultures and faiths through:

  • Spiritual development through a comprehensive PSHE and Citizenship curriculum, value-based assemblies and weekly SMSC newsletter.
  • Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities      throughout the year
  • The Religious Education curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures
  • An experience of a wide variety of cultures through curriculum themes
  • Sporting and House competitions that helps to instil ‘fair play’ and engender a ‘team spirit’
  • Links with other local, national and international organisations, including other schools and community partners
  • Parent partnership roup meetings held throughout the year

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