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British Values

Brabourne CEP School is committed to serving the local, national and international community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing landscape of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role British values has in ensuring that groups or individuals within any environment are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. Our school fosters a strong sense of belonging both to the school community and as a citizen of Britain with the responsibilities that citizenship brings. Brabourne  recognises the statutory requirements to promote British Values as a part of the curriculum and does so whilst appreciating and celebrating the backgrounds of all pupils and their families.

The school has an Equality Policy, which follows equal opportunities guidance and guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all so that everyone feels a sense of belonging.

In response to the Department for Education’s guidance on promoting British values in schools, the school seeks to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain and are members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.

The ‘Prevent’ strategy sets out these values and all schools have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs together with a clear strategy for embedding these values.

Our School Aim

To help all children reach their full potential and develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning, within a caring environment and preparing them to be valuable members of society. Equality for all – Brabourne will ensure provision is made for the same high quality education irrelevant of ability, age, gender, race, religion or personal choice. Pupils will be expected to believe and demonstrate the same ethics themselves.

These values are taught through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), Religious Education, and all curriculum areas. We actively promote the British values ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes regular opportunities to explore these values.

Democracy: Democracy is a vital part of the school’s day to day operations with pupils being able to voice their views and concerns through the school council and eco-team. Pupils have the opportunity to elect their representatives and have first-hand experience of democracy. Pupils are kept appraised of any significant operational changes at the school and are encouraged to express their views and participate in any discussion. Classes are able to visit the Houses of Parliament in London.

The Rule of Law: Primarily these centre on behaviour which is regularly covered with pupils through Collective Worship, reflection and Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE). Pupils are taught the value of and reasons for the laws that protect and govern us together with the consequences of breaking laws together with the need for restorative justice. External agencies such are the police and those who help to tackle gangs and substance misuse, are invited to support the work of the school in promoting the rule of law. .

Individual Liberty: All pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at school knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and make suitable choices. Teachers advise pupils how to do this in a safe way through the promotion of e-safety, citizenship and PSHE. Pupils regularly make choices in terms of extra curricular activities and issues they care passionately about.

Mutual Respect: The school’s ethos and values are coupled with its focus on the need for mutual respect and kindness towards all. The school behaviour policy supports this and it is reinforced on a regular basis in assemblies and the daily life of the school and its role in the wider community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faith and Beliefs: Brabourne promotes not only tolerance but acceptance of people from different faiths and beliefs. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience diversity. Collective worship and PSHE sessions explore other beliefs and prejudices as well as tackling prejudice-based bullying. Other faiths and beliefs are also explored through the religious education curriculum. The school celebrates the language and cultures represented within the diverse pupil body. Members of different faiths or religions or backgrounds are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning opportunities for all.

British values are taught through the school’s curriculum and through a weekly enrichment focus on the following schedule:

British Values schedule 2023-2024 (British-values-2022-2023.pdf)