Promotion of British Values at St Ives School
British Values were first introduced in the Governments Prevent strategy in 2011 and from 2014 schools were expected to implement these British Values into their curriculums.
The Department for Education definition of British Values has 5 areas:
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- the rule of law
At St Ives School we promote these through a wide range of academic and extra-curricular activities.
Students at St Ives School are given options and choices about their learning and education. Staff regularly conduct pupil voice surveys to help improve the delivery of subjects within the school. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular programmes that the school offers.
Students at St Ives School are taught about politics within RP lessons and how a democratic political system works, ensuring that all students are aware of how important their voice is. Topics that are covered include; the European Union, different forms of government globally and how voting systems in a democratic country work. Students had the opportunity this year to take part in a mock election for Britain leaving or remaining in the EU. The students were very keen to take part and enjoyed the discussions that took place before and after the mock election.
The rule of Law-
Students adhere to rules on a day to day basis within school and have a very good understanding of why these rules are in place. Students are consulted on the changes that are made to policies and asked for feedback on any new systems that we put in place. Students have a good understanding of the law within society through the teaching of PSHE topics such as; Human Rights. St Ives School students are also taking part in the Bar Mock Trials to help develop an understanding of the law and political systems within the UK.
All staff and students at St Ives School treat others with mutual respect both in and outside of lessons. Students are encouraged to respect others throughout all lessons and they have a particular focus within the RP curriculum. Students cover topics such as; anti-bullying and where to get help and advice. We also work with many outside agencies that deliver topics such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender awareness.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs- At St Ives School we have a full curriculum offer that covers Religion and Philosophy. Topics taught include; Islam, Christianity, Anti-Racism and radicalisation. These topics have allowed students to gain a clear understanding of the religions and it has also given students an opportunity to challenge negative stereotypes and develop tolerance. These topics make students at St Ives School more culturally aware and help to embed the Fundamental British Values that underpin British society.