British Values and the Prevention of
The Department of Education have recently reinforced the need “to
create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools
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 (which exist in many of the cultures of the world) have
brought back to the attention of the public by the Prime Minister
this year. At Wood End Park these values are reinforced regularly and
in the following ways:
Wood End Park democracy is taken very seriously. Children are actively
encouraged to have a voice and share their views and opinions
regularly. Our active school council is one such example. During our
‘Futures Week’ in July, children from our school council in Key Stage 2
are lucky enough to enjoy visits from local MPs. In addition to this,
WEPA have developed an ‘Election Day’ during are children’s
day, this is when the candidates for school councillors have a chance
to pitch their election manifesto to the rest of their class. A secret
ballot ensues and the results are announced in a special assembly. The
children love this process and have great respect for the outcomes. The
school council representatives (2 per class from Reception to Year 6)
meet in alternate weeks, KS1 and then KS2, to take the ideas from the
meeting back to their classes for discussion.
Every child also
contributes their ideas to the composition of their own class charter
every year. This sets ground rules for classroom conduct and
establishes the standards of behaviour children can expect from each
other over the year ahead. All children in Key Stage 2, also complete
questionnaire, twice a year, which provides them with the opportunity
to share their views of learning at Wood End Park and suggest ways in
which the school could be improved further.
talk regularly to children to establish their views as a way of
ensuring that school self-evaluation is robust and accurate, and
therefore effective in moving the school forward.
The Rule of Law
importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the
school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the
school day through our YOYOB (You Own Your Own Behaviour) System, as
well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Through the development of our new PSHE overview, children 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. Our schools rules, rewards and sanctions which are displayed in
all classrooms, referred to regularly and are consistently upheld.
from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service during our
‘Futures Week’ help to reinforce this message by giving the opportunity
to meet people in careers that respect the law and are positive
influences in our community.
school, children are actively encouraged to make decisions and choices,
knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school
we educate and provide boundaries for young children to take risks and
make choices safely. Children are encouraged to know, understand and
exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise
these safely, for example through our Behaviour Policy, E-Safety and
PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, how
they record their learning, participation in one of our
extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, children are given the
freedom to make choices and make decisions.
an Academy, we have been able to develop an RE and PSHE curriculum that
demonstrates that mutual respect is at the heart of our values.
Children learn that their behaviours have a
t on their own
and those of others, which is reinforced in our ‘Anti-Bullying Week’.
All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Faiths and Beliefs
End Park is lucky enough to be situated in an area that is culturally
diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on celebrating this
diversity with the children. Throughout the year we have assemblies
that reflect the festivals of the different cultures within our school
to show we are celebrating alongside. Our RE and PSHE teaching
reinforce this. Each year the children explore a world faith alongside
their learning about Christianity (as required by the government). By
the time they leave us all children have learnt about the beliefs and
practices of people of the following world faiths; Islam, Judaism,
Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Members of different faiths or
religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning
within classes and the school. This can also be seen in our summer
celebration, ‘Festival of Culture’, were members of our community are
invited in to share their talents, knowledge and skills with one
RADICALISATION AND EXTREMISM
What is Radicalisation?
is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or
favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or
social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.
What is Extremism?
defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
Board of Directors and Academy Council of Wood End Park has a zero
tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community
members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure the
pastoral and safe care of our children protects them from exposure to
Wood End Park is fully committed to
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children. As a school
we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different
from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. At Wood End Park all
staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of
British values, including democracy,
the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and
understanding of those with different faiths and beliefs.
are encouraged to adopt and live out our Core Values. These complement
the key “British Values” of tolerance, respect, understanding,
compassion and harmonious living.
- Children are helped to
understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech, through
the SEAL (Social, emotional aspects of learning) assemblies and through
the elected School Council members
- Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, in school
and when using the internet.
participate in the whole school community events, so that they
appreciate and value their neighbours and friends who may not share
their faith or cultural background through events such as Anti-Bullying
Week, Festival of Culture, Remembrance Day and other charitable events
throughout the year.
- Children’s wellbeing, confidence and
resilience is promoted through our planned curriculum and
extra-curricular learning opportunities.
- Children are supported
in making good choices from a very young age, so they understand the
impact and consequences of their actions on others.
addition to this, as part of Wood End Park Academy’s ongoing dedication
to their safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind
the government's Prevent Strategy. Our Principal, Ms Johra has all
received WRAP (workshop to raise awareness on preventing
radicalisation) training sessions from Thames Valley police on what
Prevent is about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or
outside school. For further information please follow this link: http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/sectu-leaflet.pdf
There are plans for the PSHE lead and other Senior leads to access
similar training with our local police.
THE ROLE OF THE CURRICULUM
curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are
encouraged to express themselves through discussions, debates and
consultations. The RE (Religious Education), PSHE (Personal, Social and
Health Education) and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural)
provision is embedded across the curriculum and displays throughout the
school, and underpins our ethos. Children learn about all major faiths
and visit places of worship wherever possible. They are also taught
about how to stay safe when using the internet through E-safety taught
in Computing throughout the year.
Although serious incidents
involving radicalisation have not occurred at Wood End Park to date, it
is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed
about the issues which affect the region in which we teach. Staff are
reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of
radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to refer any concerns
through the Child Protection/ Safeguarding Lead Teachers.