British Values

National context

The Trojan horse affair

On 27 March 2014 the Secretary of State directed Ofsted to carry out an investigation of allegations that some schools in Birmingham had been infiltrated by hardline Muslims seeking to promote strict Islamic practices. Between 5 March and 1 May Ofsted inspected 21 schools, all of which were publicly funded and none were faith schools.

Schools are often the only places where children and young people can learn about other faiths, other cultures and other styles of living. Schools are expected to promote the values of wider British society. It is held that, if this does not happen, the principles that are fundamental to the wellbeing of British society will not be transmitted to the next generation.

Introduction

What does it mean to have ‘British values’? Britain today is a complex place, full of different lifestyles and full of contradictions. In its own way Treloar’s, by its very nature, has been a part of the changing attitudes that Britain has undergone throughout its history. Treloar’s has an appreciation the things that make Britain great because they are the same values that our students strive for in their lives. As a community we also appreciate the problems Britain faces.

Treloar’s Leaders and Governors are committed and responsible for providing a curriculum which is broad and balanced and complies with statutory requirements. Together we uphold what is great about Britain and also to challenge what is bad. We reject intolerance and forms of radicalisation (of any kind: religious, nationalist, political, racial, and sexual). We embrace our responsibilities to one another and to the rules that govern the life of our society. We seek to engage with the world around us, and to shape it into an equal society for everyone.

Promotion of British values

At Treloar’s, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility. We prepare our students for life in modern Britain by developing an understanding of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and acceptance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

These values underpin the work we do and are promoted at various times throughout the academic year, extending beyond the classroom with a wide range of visits and enrichment experiences.

The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.

Democracy

In Britain we are blessed to live in a democracy. Many people around the world are not so privileged: they are deprived of their basic human rights. Treloar’s students created a charter these elements link to the democracy value.

Make our own choices, with appropriate information and support

Be respected for who we are

This also means our young people adopt responsibility for their actions; we go further and actively support those in our communities who need us.

Democracy

We encourage students to engage positively with a life of democracy

· Elections for the Head Boy/Girl, post 16 president, student Governor

· Student Council

· College Student Ambassadors

· Students surveys

· Student Voice

· Classes vote on which charities to support

· Student forums ( e.g. Food and Eco)

The Rule of Law

Our students will encounter decisions, rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our young people to understand that whether these decision involving their wellbeing, rules that govern the class, the school or the laws that govern the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.

This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through the waking day. The involvement of our students, in the creation of the Treloar’s Charter enables students to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken.

Rule of Law

We ensure that students know the difference between right and wrong and understand that actions have consequences so that they respect the rule of law

· Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service

· Behaviour Policy

· Rewards

o House points

· Successes

o Gloucester’s and Oscars

o Annual awards

· Pledge wall – TAK ( Treloar’s Acts of Kindness)

· PE lessons (sports clubs and groups)

· Anger management through counselling

· E safety

· SAFE training

· EDI Training

· Thrive project

Individual Liberty

Individuals must be given the freedom to decide what they make of their own lives. The dignity and liberty of individuals is paramount at Treloar’s. Our Student Charter states: Make our own choices, with appropriate information and support.

Our approach to multi-disciplinary teams and our students are the heart of our decision making.

Our aim is to prepare our young people for adult life in modern Britain; giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential, and a more independent life and make a meaningful contribution to their community.

Individual liberty

Students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment, We encourage students to have a sense of enjoyment and a fascination for learning about the world around them

· Achievement of Leaders and Investors in Diversity

· Charity fund raising

· Assemblies are all logged and recorded to continually audit our provision.

· Outward bound trips

· Artists in Residence in the HUB

· Theatre visits

· Links to a wide a range of mainstream colleges and Universities to encourage students to have high aspirations and a desire to continue learning beyond Treloar’s

· Duke of Edinburgh Award

· Enrichment activities

Mutual Respect

Advancement of our students is core; staff undertake a commitment of best endeavours to give “A voice for all”. This undertaking underpins an inclusive environment of respect.

Respect is a positive feeling for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem.

At Treloar’s our Charter states:

Be listened to and have a way to communicate

Be respected for who we are

Mutual Respect

We provide and inclusive environment for students enabling them to be reflective and or practice their own beliefs and perspectives on life, and the extent to which they are the same as and different to others’ faith, feelings and values.

· RE lessons

· Learning for Life (PSHE lessons)

· A range of assemblies celebrating the major faiths

· Friday Live explores diverse topics, that includes key times in the year for the religions and months of consciousness (Gay History Month)

· Student focus group for underrepresented groups from school and college.

· Invited guests from different backgrounds

· Arts weeks

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Britain is a place where many different cultures, religions, races, and groups have lived and cooperated with each other throughout history. As time has gone on, Britain has become increasingly diverse and multicultural; it is now a place where difference is not only tolerated, but celebrated.

At Treloar’s our strength is in our Charter.

Learn in a way that works for us and to be involved in all aspects of School and College life

Have our achievements identified and celebrated in a way which we and our families recognise

By embedding these statements into our waking day curriculum, we are able to learn from each other and together we will develop a more productive, creative, and inclusive learning environment.

Tolerance

We provide and inclusive environment for students enabling them to be reflective and or practice their own beliefs and perspectives on life, and the extent to which they are the same as and different to others’ faith, feelings and values.

· We provide inclusive diets to meet the needs of our student stakeholders.

· We have a dedicated Chaplain, and chapel alongside and multi faith room.

· The College and School calendar and holiday pattern, wherever possible, provides students with time to celebrate important festivals Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Diwali, Easter and Christmas

Treloar’s welcomes feedback, if you feel that we are not meeting this requirement, we invite you to contact us and work with us, and you can contact us (01420 547400) and make a request to express your concerns with our Principal, John Stone. Likewise, if you feel that anyone working at the Treloar’s is undermining these values, you should report this to our Safeguarding Officer, Jeremy Curtis, via the same method.

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