Promoting British Values
TEACHING BRITISH VALUES
Promoting British Values at Sheringham High School and Sixth Form
The DfE has 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.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister.
At Sheringham High School, a proud Norfolk and community school, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is everywhere at Sheringham. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Council, surveys and questionnaires. A School Council representative and indeed any student is able to voice his/her opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other.
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. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and other uniformed services, not to mention year-group visits to Parliament and Local Councils are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
In fact, in May 2014, Ofsted said; ‘The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding. Students say that they feel safe at all times and parents agree. Staff and students are vigilant about the site at all times. The school’s work on philosophy and ethics encourages students to think about right and wrong and makes an extremely positive contribution to students’ awareness of safety and tolerance of others.’
In October 2017 Ofsted said; "Pupils told us that they feel safe and that all forms of bullying are rare. They feel that, when it occurs, they can approach any member of staff to help them resolve matters. They also had confidence in the peer supporters they could go to for help. You have a team of non-teaching staff in place and two counsellors who visit the school each week to support pupils who have concerns."
Nothing has changed in the way we do things at Sheringham save that the focus since May 2014 has become even keener on these crucial values.