Part two: Personal and Professional Conduct of the teachers’ standards states that:

“Teachers uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school, by:

  • not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”

The phrase ‘Fundamental British values’ is taken from the definition of extremism as articulated in the new Prevent Strategy, which was launched in June 2011.

At Woodfields we promote British Values in a number of ways:

  • Through the curriculum
    • PSHE and citizenship
    • RE
    • Other curriculum areas
    • Through SMSC – which forms a big part of what we do
    • Through the general ethos and atmosphere of the school

Through the Curriculum
EYFS and KS1: Over a 3 year rolling programme a number of different topics are covered.  Elements of all of them will allow British Values to be promoted but the most obvious ones are perhaps:

  • People who help us
  • Ourselves
  • Celebrations

PSHE/Citizenship
KS2 – Over a 4 year rolling programme the following specific topics are covered:

  • Similarities and differences
  • Who am I (covered twice)
  • Friendship

KS3 – Over a 3 year rolling programme the following specific topics are covered:

  • Community membership
  • Diversity
  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Elections
  • Public institutions and Voluntary Groups
  • Crime and Justice

KS4 – Over a 2 year rolling programme the following specific topics are covered:

  • Our Community (covered twice)
  • Crime in the local community
  • Challenging racism and discrimination

KS5 – Over a 3 year rolling programme the following specific topics are covered (2 pathways – so not all pupils cover all areas):

  • ASDAN – The wider World – Global Issues
  • Who am I
  • Local community (including community rights)
  • Out in the Community
  • Legal and Illegal drugs
  • Coping with People

RE
We cover a number of different faiths and aspects of those faiths across the school.

In a 3 year rolling programme every pupil regardless of key stage will cover:

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Sikhism
  • Hinduism
  • Key stage 3 and 4 will also cover Jehovah’s Witness

Pupils will typically cover 4 different religions in a year through our themed day approach.
Examples of other curriculum areas

KS2 –

  • Around the World – English
  • Friendship – English
  • Me and My friends – Maths
  • The British Isles – Geography
  • Various elements of British history are covered

KS3 –

  • Our World – English
  • Safe and Sound – DT (burglar alarms etc.)
  • Various elements of British History are covered
  • Exploring the World – Music
  • Me – English
  • Finding an Identity – DT
  • Contrasting area of the British Isles – Geography
  • Teamwork – PE

KS4 –

  • Various elements of British History
  • Drama/Literary Heritage – English
  • Links with other countries – Geography

KS5 –

  • English Poetry – English
  • Stand up for your rights – careers

Through SMSC and the general ethos of the school
At Woodfields we put a very big emphasis on the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our pupils.  We also ensure that these elements are at the forefront of staff members’ minds through staff meetings, briefings and display boards.

Our Mission Statement also includes Thinking of Others, Belonging and Finding a Voice which all directly relate to the concept of Fundamental British Values.

Other examples of promoting British Values
In previous years we have had a school council, elected by the pupils.  Although we currently do not have a school council we do involve the pupils in interviewing prospective staff.

Springboard is planning to hold a Mock election this year (2015) to support their understanding of the General Election.