"We are dedicated to promoting the rights of every child." Article 2
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
The Archway Federation 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.
Our schools are 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.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The schools use strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways our schools seek to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at The Archway Federation, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for House Captain positions SNAG positions, Rights Respecting Team, School Council. We believe that children need to practice democracy in as many aspects of school life as possible.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at our school. Pupils are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the school value within our 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. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
At The Archway Federation, pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at school educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through online safety and independent work. Our schools have a robust anti-bullying policy and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour and Discipline Policy.
Respect is central to life at The Archway Federation and underpins everything we do.
Pupils learn that their behaviours have 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. Both schools within the federation are silver award rights respecting schools.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Children benefit from a number of visits and visitors, including those from other cultures. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. Both schools within the federation are non-denominational school and so do not promote any religion above any other. We are very careful to deliver a broad and balanced Religious Education curriculum (compulsory for all pupils) which teaches the children what beliefs and values are important to world religions.
The Archway Federation strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.
We celebrate British Values in regular assemblies. Please see the document below for all the topics covered this year.