The Department for Education has a five point definition of British values:
* The rule of law
* Individual liberty
* Mutual respect
* Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Hugh Christie Technology College defines each area as follows:
Democracy is the foundation of our system of government and its principles sit at the centre of how our society functions. We ensure that the importance of democracy and democratic principles are reflected at Hugh Christie. We have an active School Parliament which meets to discuss issues in the school and has direct responsibility for certain aspects of school life such as charitable fundraising initiatives. The study of democracy and democratic principles form an important part of our integrated curriculum at Key Stage 3 and is revisited and built upon in Key Stage 4 through our Focus Fortnight and advisory activities. In major elections, students are provided with a range of information and the opportunity to vote so this behaviour is modelled for the future.
In addition, we have a termly newsletter to communicate with parents and carers, have a prospectus containing information about the school aims and values, and a website with access to school policies.
The Rule of law
As part of our curriculum we learn about government and the making of laws and about human rights and the law. The importance of the rule of law in the functioning of a community is of course constantly reinforced by our own school code, the standards we set and expect regarding behaviour and the importance we place on the individual’s responsibility towards their community within our school values.
Hugh Christie reflects within its home school agreement and school code, the respects for the rights and liberty of the individual and we teach within our curriculum about how these rights are enshrined in law and in particular, human rights legislation. Students are allowed to express their views through our monthly online 'Give Your Views' debate. Older students participate in the Mock United Nations General Assembly where topics such as refugees and the environment are debated.
This is an integral aspect of life at Hugh Christie. We state clearly within our school values and code that everyone deserves the right to be treated with respect and dignity. We expect our learners to be respectful, confident and positive individuals. We encourage every child to care about, and have respect for, their learning, each other and our school environment. For example, our Student Leaders take part on an annual 'Take Over Day' where they learn what it is like to work as a member of staff at the school. other students are very respectful of students who take on this responsibility.
Tolerance of those of different faith and beliefs.
Not only do we demonstrate tolerance of those of other faiths and beliefs, we positively embrace them. Within our curriculum, assemblies and extra-curricular activities the message about the important things that all faiths share and the importance of recognising the common values held by all faiths and by those of no faith at all. As part of the Focus Fortnight, students visit places of worship to learn about different faiths and beliefs. Through our links with other countries, students lean about different cultures and countries. For example, students in the REAL curriculum have contacted students in Turkey to learn more about their country. Student Leaders will visit Germany to learn about working and learning in a different country.
TONBRIDGE FEDERATION ANTI-RADICALISATION POLICY STATEMENT
The Tonbridge Federation is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a Federation we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All Federation staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
LINKS TO OTHER POLICIES
The Tonbridge Federation Anti-Radicalisation policy statement links to the following policies: Safeguarding and Online Safety. Anti-Bullying Policy
AIMS AND PRINCIPLES
The main aims of this policy statement are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.
The principle objectives are that:
All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to be vigilant in school. All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will know what the school policy is on anti-radicalisation and extremism and will follow the policy when issues arise. All parents and pupils will know that the school has policies in place to keep pupils safe from harm and that the school regularly reviews its systems to ensure they are appropriate and effective.
DEFINITIONS AND INDICATORS
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind. Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
PROCEDURES FOR REFERRALS
Although serious incidents involving radicalisation have not occurred to date, it is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about the issues which affect the region in which we teach. Staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to refer any concerns through the appropriate channels, the DSL or Safeguarding Team.
THE ROLE OF THE CURRICULUM
Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others.
Our PSHE ( Personal, Social and Health Education ), Citizenship and SMSC ( Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural ) provision is embedded across the curriculum, and underpins the ethos of the school.
It is recognised that children with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.
Children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the Internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the Internet.
Through INSET opportunities in school, we will ensure that our staff are fully aware of the threats, risks and vulnerabilities that are linked to radicalisation; are aware of the process of radicalisation and how this might be identified early on.
The Anti-Radicalisation policy statement will be reviewed as part of the annual Safeguarding policy review.