Statement Of British Values
Promotion of British Values
At Foundry College we recognise that our role is not limited to the gaining of knowledge and the acquiring of skills to allow pupils to achieve academically, but that it is also about the personal development of every student in its fullest sense and preparing them for their life as successful and responsible citizens. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our pupils.
The DFE have recently 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. At Foundry College these values are reinforced in a pervasive manner and permeate the college community.
The examples that follow are an indication of some of the ways we seek to embed British values at Foundry College and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
Foundry College has a school council which currently meets fortnightly, with representatives from across the key stages and staff groups ensuring the democratic process is being employed for important decisions within the college community. The council has its own budget and provides pupils with an opportunity to see, first hand, how the democratic process works.
Pupils have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the college.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they be those that govern the class, the college or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular college days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and during morning scaling and reflection times. Pupils are taught the values and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
The College has a clearly structured Relationships policy which all stakeholders understand and follow.
We regularly review behaviour incidents in the College and share these with key stakeholders.
As a College we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and Wellbeing lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of participation in extra-curricular opportunities or supporting fund raising events, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Restorative Practice setting, mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Effective Restorative Practices foster awareness of how others have been affected by inappropriate behaviour. This is done by actively engaging participants in a process which separates the deed from the doer and rejects the act not the actor, allowing participators to make amends for the harm caused. Restorative Practices acknowledges the intrinsic worth of the person and their potential contribution to the school community. Pupils learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the College community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by actively promoting diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures as part of the special theme day programme. Religious Education lessons and Wellbeing lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others.
At Foundry we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values including ‘extremist’ views.