Life in Modern Britain
Fundamental British Values
“A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.”
Our pupils live in an ever-changing society that is demanding of each and every member. Pupils’ ability to effectively adapt and demonstrate key values will define their place within society. Globalization means that our communities are becoming more diverse and our opportunities to understand each other and our surroundings is broadening every day; this can be a challenge for many, but is a chance for all pupils to thrive.
In 2011, the Prevent Strategy was introduced by the government to review policies and strategies in relation to counter-terrorism activity. This focus came as a result of the Trojan Horse scandal where it was believed that strict Islamic values were being promoted in some Birmingham schools.
Government guidance now states that all schools have a duty to actively promote the Fundamental British Values, these are namely:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, underpinned by our shared values, ensures that every pupil is supported to understand the dynamics of our society and their role within it.
We place great value on developing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the democratic society in which we live. Throughout the curriculum pupils are exposed to exploration of legislation and protection of rights. In particular, the RE, History and English curriculums allow pupils to compare and contrast the UK system with those that have different political processes and, as a result, differing views on rights and freedoms. Theme of the Fortnight provides an exceptional basis for pupils to exercise their skills in debate of important moral issues. Our student leadership programme enables pupils to gain a more sophisticated understanding of democracy through putting learnt skills into practice.
The Rule of Law: Reword
We invest a lot of time in creating a positive culture and ethos in our school, so that children can flourish in a safe environment, where choices and freedoms are encouraged. Pupils are encouraged to be responsible in making their own choices. Our PSHRE curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities for pupils to research into historical activists in promoting equal rights, as well as identifying the freedoms they have in life and how to perform these freedoms in a safe and respectable manner. Pupil autonomy is encouraged through our breadth of school clubs, as we aim to prepare pupils for their future. At The Hundred of Hoo we believe that the value of freedom of choice will develop ability to value individual liberty in the futures.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. At the Hundred of Hoo Academy we understand that academic success is important, but for a child to understand the importance of respect and a deep knowledge of the world around them and the people within it is invaluable. Our community expects each and every member to recognise the diverse range of religious and non-religious beliefs represented in Great Britain and that the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian. Even so, we also strive for all pupils to embrace the wide range of differing cultures within Britain and the wider world. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
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