British Values and Prevent

ASPIRE strongly believes in promoting to our students, what it means to be a good global citizen. Part of this is demonstrating how we can positively impact on the many different communities we belong to.

Promoting British values

Aspire is committed to serving its community.  It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.  It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Aspire is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.  The government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Aspire uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students.   The examples that follow show some of the many ways Aspire seeks to embed British values.

Aspire strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our Society.

Our CAP award heavily promotes the values of being reliable, going the extra mile, supporting and helping those in need and impacting positively on all our communities. We believe these are not just values attributed to being a good global citizen, but forms part of what it means to be British.

This is just one part of ‘Britishness’ promoted by us, with British values such as mutual respect, democracy, tolerance, liberty and equality also being addressed throughout the academic year. These values are also subversively promoted within our school ethos.

Aspire models, and expects our students to demonstrate, a mutual respect for others, irrespective of what it is that makes us different, we hope to demonstrate its importance and benefits.

We hold regular student council meetings, where decisions made directly impact on the school community.

We promote equality by providing all of our students with the best possible educational package, to suit their needs, increasing their life chances and opportunities for the future. This is supported by enrichment opportunities, developing their experiences, resilience and endurance skills.

Further to this, Aspire promotes British values through observing and learning from annual key events such as Armistice Day and Bonfire night.

PSHCE maps British values across its SOW and Community Week has British Values focused activities.

Aspire strongly believes ‘being British’ and ‘British values’ are important in making a positive difference to society and to all the communities we touch – locally, nationally and internationally; family, school, friends, colleagues and peers.

The actions we have taken to prevent radicalisation and promote British Values:

  • A strong emphasis on our students’ Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development, through relationships, enrichment and the curriculum.
  • Safeguarding practices, policies and training is up-to-date and regularly reviewed and amended, covering all aspects of the Prevent Strategy.
  • Encouragement of critical thinking by students through curriculum opportunities and staff CPD.
  • Demonstrate the importance of voting, democracy and having a voice through the student council and the delivery of Citizenship.
  • Enabling students to learn and respect those from cultures, countries and religions different to their own through RE, PSHCE, Citizenship, school visitors and links with countries around the world.
  • An overt or covert focus on British Values and SMSC in all lessons.
  • Challenge all forms of racism or prejudice, either by adults or children.
  • Provide strong emotional and pastoral support, and look out for individuals or groups of children or adults who may be isolated.
  • Develop links with local charities, raise awareness of how the individual can make a positive difference.

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