Promoting British Values at Longdean School

Longdean School 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 the variety of faiths, cultures and ethnicities that exist within the school are recognised and celebrated.

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 as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The academy uses strategies within the curriculum, school policies and its ethos and values to ensure these are shared with students.  Outlined below are some, but by no means all examples, of how and when British values are shared:

Policies

The School accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. 

Equal opportunities policies reflect British Law and guarantee that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, political or financial status, or similar.

Longdean has 3 trained Designated Senior Persons who are all trained in Prevent Strategies. This training has been disseminated to all colleagues and is reiterated every half term.

Pastoral Structure

The school operates a system of vertical tutor groups that runs parallel to vertical learning in option subjects in KS4.  This creates a school community that is diverse, supportive and tolerant of others.  Examples of this are older students supporting younger students with transition and the choice of GCSE subjects at the end of Year 8.

The East Dacorum Cooperative Learning Trust

The trust seeks to instil the core cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity in the ethos of each of the three schools who are at the heart of the trust.  They do this through the forum and the various projects run for students, staff and the wider communities the schools serve.  OIne of these projects is a link with an Junior and Senior High School in Ghana which promotes tolerance & respect of other cultures through real experiences.

School Council and Parliament

The school council is comprised of approximately 75 students who sit on the various committees.  They are democratically elected and provide the links between the four Houses, the main student body and the senior leadership team of the school.  School Parliament is held three times each year and reinforces the ideas of mutual respect and tolerance as well as democracy through the debates and votes that are held each time.  There is also a Headteacher question time again reinforcing these core values.

Mathematics and Computing Specialism

British STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) promotes the impact that these subjects have had in shaping modern Britain in the past, present and future.  Students look at these subjects in depth during this week and apply them across the curriculum in many different scenarios and in many different ways.  We promote e-safety with students and parents so that nobody receives unsuitable or extremist material.

Assemblies

Our assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect, tolerance and democracy. They also focus on celebration of achievements and many are themed around aspects of ‘character’ and the development of it. Assemblies are linked into the tutor programme which reinforces and develops discussion around assembly themes.

Curriculum themes and topics

Longdean’s curriculum ensures that students leave the school with the qualifications and also the skills they will need to have control and choice over their futures.  This includes developing the understanding and use of money, effective literacy skills, collaboration, resilience and the skills needed to know how to learn in an ever changing world.  These skills include tolerance and respect for different points of view and the provenance of them.

Year 7 Competency Curriculum

This is divided into three elements and is based around personal learning and thinking skills. Opening Minds combines English, History, Geography and Re.  Future Skills blends Mathematics, Science, Technology and Computing.  Resilience also promotes problem solving and emotional intelligence.  The cross curricular focus and development of skills links strongly to an understanding of people’s personal freedoms, tolerance of views and respect for each other as unique individuals.

Social Sciences (RE, Citizenship, PE, Government & Politics)

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in RE as students gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices for those religions represented in the UK. The local Cathedral in St. Albans is visited in Year 7 and religious leaders visit the school as part of the RE curriculum.

Mutual respect is also taught within Social Sciences. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these responsibly, for example when debating moral issues at KS4.

PE
Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat and participating in activities that promote cooperation with others and inclusion for all form an integral part of the PE curriculum.

For further information of how Longdean  seeks to promote key British Values please contact the school directly.