The promotion of British Values
As a school we teach British values through our curriculum and our PSHE and Citizenship programmes. PSHE and Citizenship is taught to all students during tutor time and promotes an understanding of issues beyond the classroom such as politics, religion and prejudice as well as self-image, sex and relationships education and issues of mental health.
We also promote British values beyond the classroom through our programme of outside speakers, extra-curricular activities and trips. For example, in the autumn term we have Youth Connexions working with numerous year groups to promote e-safety and positive relationships, followed by the ‘Knoflux Theatre Company’ performing ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ in the summer term. Each year we also ex-offenders in to talk to students.
We encourage students to engage positively in democracy. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in the interview process for new members of staff and other valuable student voice activities.
Students are offered a range of ways of experiencing British culture and other cultures through our trips. For example, KS3 visit Duxford and Hendon Museums every year as part of their Humanities education. We also run a successful and popular CoPE award where students complete for their Bronze award from Years 10 to 11.
Each year group has an assembly at least once a week which often focuses on a key issue in society. For example, we often recognise Black History month, World Book Day and deal with other relevant issues in assembly.