The fundamental British values, first set out by the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 and reinforced through further Department for Education advice in November 2014 are:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those different faiths and beliefs
Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in the PRU that are contrary to fundamental British values. The Teachers Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside PRU. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.
The following list describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of our PRU promoting fundamental British values:
- An understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through democratic processes.
- An understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as courts maintain independence.
- An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
- An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
- An acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- An understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
Below are some examples of actions we take to promote British values at SSPS:
- Curriculum -Across the curriculum, opportunities are built into lessons for students to explore and practice fundamental British values, either through topics studied or by following the PRU’s general structures and behaviour codes.
- Wider PRU Life – Our PRU vision, values and general ethos support fundamental British values and we have a strong emphasis on the development of SMSC across the PRU. Within the PRU, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
- Student Voice – We promote democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns
- Ongoing Opportunities – We use local and national opportunities that arise to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.
- Extra – Curricular – There is a wide range of sporting, creative and academic activities to choose from including outdoor education, Duke of Edinburgh Award, art, cookery, motor vehicle engineering and construction. These promote self – development, self – esteem, confidence and understanding of the concept of fair play, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success.