British Values at Copleston High School

At Copleston British values are central to our school ethos and are promoted not only through the curriculum and its content but also through every aspect of school life.  We understand the vital role that we must play in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school community are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly or illegally influence them.

 

The government has defined core values as being:

  • Democracy
  • Individual liberty and freedom of speech
  • The rule of law and equality of opportunity
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and the rights of all men and women to live free from persecution of any kind

We believe that it is the duty of every member of staff to support and promote these fundamental values which form part of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Policy.  This duty also falls under the current Teacher Standards Part Two: Personal and Professional Conduct.

 

Democracy

In school we promote  the importance of democracy through:

  • The activity of the Year and School Councils, including pupils voting for their Class Representative and their Year Representative
  • Visits to Parliament to develop pupils’ understanding of the democratic process
  • Parliament Day – KS3
  • Student Voice across all year groups
  • Encouraging pupils to use their voice across the curriculum through collaborative working, responses to teacher feedback in books, careful questioning by staff, the work they produce and classroom dialogue

 

Individual liberty and freedom of speech

In school we promote the importance of individual liberty through:

  • Drop Down Days
  • Focused Tutor Time activities that encourage discussion
  • Providing pupils with safe boundaries within which to make informed choices e.g. the promotion of internet use alongside eSafety advice
  • Providing a range of extra-curricular activities and clubs, including extended studies
  • Empowering pupils to make informed choices about the course they will study at Key Stage 4 – Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Pathway interviews
  • Providing a range of menu choices in the school canteen within healthy boundaries

 

Rule of law and equality of opportunity

In school we promote the importance of the rule of law through:

  • Our Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • Our Safeguarding Policy
  • Our Equalities Policy
  • Accountability and responsibility at all levels which is stressed to all stakeholders including staff, pupils and Governors
  • Close liaison with outside agencies including Social Services and the Police
  • Our Acceptable Use Policy and eSafety events which are used to promote correct and safe use of the internet
  • Assemblies with focused discussions in form time afterwards
  • Flexi-days addressing issues such as Drug Abuse and Alcohol Awareness

 

Mutual respect

In school we promote the importance of mutual respect through:

  • Our Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • Our Equalities Policy
  • A curriculum which helps pupils to learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs and so develops pupils’ ability to make informed decisions, be confident in their own identity and understand and respect those of others – see subject links
  • Assemblies
  • History in Year 9 – pupils have the opportunity to attend a Memorial Service

 

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and the rights of all men and women to live free from persecution of any kind

At Copleston we do not believe that a diversity of faiths and beliefs is something to be tolerated but rather celebrated.  We are emboldened and strengthened by our diversity.  We promote the importance of learning and working together with those who have different faiths and beliefs through:

  • Form time activities and RE lessons built into form time
  • A zero-tolerance policy towards bullying with a range of strategies to deal with any issues
  • A curriculum which helps pupils to learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs and therefore develop pupils’ abilities to make informed decisions, form and be confident in their own identity, and understand and respect those of others
  • Assemblies and RE lessons which celebrate and draw inspiration from festivals and teaching from a range of different faiths