What are British Values at Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College?
Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College has an obligation under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. This has become termed as spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and in advice from the Department for Education, November 2014, should include the promotion of fundamental British values.
At Ravenscliffe we promote fundamental British Values at a level appropriate for the understanding and age of our students.
The curriculum is well planned to meet students’ needs with small group work, one to one support, many off site learning opportunities and a broad range of subjects offered equally to both girls and boys. Respect for democracy and support participation in the democratic process is achieved through the election of a School Council and involvement in the local election of a student voice. Students are enabled to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law through lessons in PSHE, assemblies, visits to law courts, emotional wellbeing and pastoral sessions
We ensure the school is a safe and caring environment where individual views on religious and cultural issues are respected as students develop into responsible citizens. Collective worship on a daily basis, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom are all ways of ensuring pupils’ SMSC development. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We also have regular themed days where different faiths are celebrated, ie Eid, Easter, Diwali.
We encourage respect for other people through the curriculum - RE themed days, PSHE lessons. Our students accept responsibility for behaviour, show initiative and contribute positively to the lives of those in the wider community by participation in assemblies, school council, various entertainment groups visit local community groups including homes for senior citizens, schools, churches etc., assisting in regular community cafes held in the school and supporting various charities. We have an Anti-Bullying Policy and any incidents are dealt with swiftly and effectively. We operate a restorative justice system and have a full time member of staff trained in this practise.
The aim of the school is "To recognise and respond to the individual needs of its students and provide them with a relevant and challenging curriculum whilst working closely with parents and carers."
We aspire to achieve this by encouraging students to develop a positive attitude to learning through the celebration of success and achievement and supporting them to become as independent as possible, maintaining high expectations in terms of attendance, behaviour and co-operation in learning. We encourage our students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through performing arts, sporting events, achievement assemblies and SEED sessions (Social, Emotional, Education through Drama) based on SEAL principles (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)
At Ravenscliffe, through the delivery of our curriculum and planning for SMSC development, we demonstrate the importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when broken.
Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Attempts to promote systems that undermine fundamental British values would be completely at odds with schools’ duty to provide SMSC. The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values. The school Management team received PREVENT training from lead counter terrorism officers based in Halifax in the Summer 2015 term and regular update training sessions have been received from Calderdale's PREVENT Officer since then. The PREVENT agenda continues to be a standing item on sub committee meetings of the school's Governing Body.
Some more examples of how we promote Fundamental British Values (FBV) are included in the PDF document below: