From 2014 maintained schools have been required to actively promote British Values in Schools as part of their SMSC provision. But what are British Values?
With the school population representing the different ethnic groups in Bradford, finding commonality and building a collective sense of community is vital for a cohesive co-existence. British Values recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. All schools, including Hanson, have a vital role in ensuring that our young people are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
Government guides schools towards ‘promoting the fundamental British values’ of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are not, however, uniquely British, nor should it be assumed that everyone understands them. Hanson students’ appreciation of British Values has to be arrived at through mutual exploration and understanding. Therefore our focus at Hanson is on helping young people understand how things in British society work and how to challenge and change society for the better. At Hanson these values are also promoted through collective ‘Thoughts for the Week’, focused assemblies, school displays and drop down days. We also promote the sense of pride we should all have in our shared British heritage.
Below are some of the other ways Hanson students are guided in developing an understanding and appreciation for these British Values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Hanson, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, such as through the Student Leadership.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Hanson. Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
At Hanson School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Hanson School educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students learn that their behaviours has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its teaching and learning environments.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.