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Constantine School British Values Statement

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.

Constantine 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. Constantine 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 set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five key British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

We use strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways we seek to instil British Values.

Democracy
Kids’ CouncilKids’ Council members elected by peersTeam Captains elected by peersPupil QuestionnairesStaff QuestionnairesGoverning Body votesGoverning Body electionsPolicy negotiations and agreementsClass charters / rules – agreed together and signed up to by class membersSchool Bankers apply for jobs and are selected on strength of applicationImpact analysis on all curricular topics and any extra provision        
The rule of law
School rules discussed with Kids’ Council and individual classesAssembly time used to discuss importance of rules for Health and Safety and WellbeingLocal PCSO visits and conducts assembliesCircle Time used to discuss rights and responsibilitiesJoined the live Magna Carta Assembly with pre and follow up work on the formation of law and human rightsClear Discipline, Behaviour and Anti-Bullying PolicyBehaviour charts in each class with privilege and consequence cardsAll staff have had PREVENT training
Individual liberty
Clear Discipline, Behaviour and Anti-Bullying PolicyCircle Time encourages children to speak out in safe and caring environmentAll children have a voice and all adults give freely of their time to allow that voice to be heardInternal mentors and external counsellors used regularlyAspects of the Y5 and 6 curricular topics highlight times when children did not have liberty – Hana’s Suitcase; WWII EuropeChildren encouraged to form and run own interest clubsPSHE teaching has big focus on student voice
Mutual respect
Manners insisted uponHigh expectations for behaviourBehaviour charts  with privilege and consequence cardsMutual greetingsHeadteacher greets all children at the gateStaff greet all children in classManners insisted upon when food is servedAll trips / visits / visitors are followed up with “Thank you” lettersChildren are praised when trip providers or visitors praise themBuddy stops in playgroundCurriculum links to old Every Child Matters Agenda with “Make a Positive Contribution” giving lots of opportunities to discuss respect of others.Headteacher mentors Rwandan Headteacher – both are learning from the experience and this is shared in assemblies and on the website.PSHE teachingKids’ Council chooses many charities to support with reasons why these are importantIndividuals raised money for St Petroc’s to support local homeless peopleCircle TimesMassage sessions
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
RE curriculum is broad and balanced and includes all major faithsAnnual RE day with representatives from different faith groupsIranian drum / story workshopsIndian dance workshopsAnnual London trip including visit to an inner city school and mosqueWeekly Open the Book Christian AssemblyThemed assemblies to highlight different faith eventsCurricular links through topics e.g. Jews in WWII, Hinduism through Indian Rainforests