Greatstone 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, political or financial status, or similar. Greatstone 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 emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values were reiterated in 2014.
The four British Values are:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our school uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Greatstone School seeks to embed British Values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Greatstone School, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community: for instance, elections being held for Young Governors from years 2 – 6. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. The Young Governors meet weekly and discuss issues raised in class. The Young Governors are able to genuinely effect change within the school. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about their school. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History, RE and PSHE curriculum as well as in assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Children are taught the rules and expectations of the school. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Regular visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge or how the record their work, or participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
At Greatstone School, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge or how they record their work, or participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Respect is a strong part of Greatstone School and is part of our Curriculum Policy and Values. Children learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment with our school’s ethos: ‘We value children’s uniqueness, we listen to the views of individual children, and we promote respect for diverse cultures.’
Greatstone School is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and school. Children visit places of worship.
At Greatstone School we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values including ‘extremist’ views.