How does our School prepare pupils positively for life in modern Britain and promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith?
At Hindley High School expectations for conduct in school are set out in
Rules and laws are part of life.
We want our pupils to understand that laws are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. Involvement of pupils in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken.
The importance of rules is consistently reinforced through curriculum and daily practice. Assemblies give an opportunity to discuss and debate issues and the reasons why rules are important for everyone’s protection.
The school is clear in its message to students about the age of criminal responsibility and the consequences of inappropriate conduct.
We welcome visits from members of the wider community, Use of clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
Britain is a democracy – this means that the people in Britain vote for the people who make the laws and decide how the country is run. If we didn’t have a democracy, just one person might be able to make all the laws and that would not be fair.
Rule of Law
In Britain we have a police force who make sure people do not do the wrong thing and break the law – this means that we are safe.
In Britain, as long as we do not break the law, we can live as we choose to and have our own opinions about things.
We might not always agree with other people, but we try to show respect for their thoughts and feelings. We can give respect to others and we can expect other people to show us respect.
Of those with different faiths and beliefs. In Britain we accept that other people might have different beliefs than ours and they may believe in different religions.
“Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.”
All our school community should be protected against violent extremism and terrorist activity. The following documents are good reference for further reading
• Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
• “The Prevent Duty” (2015)
• Channel: Vulnerability and Assessment Framework
• “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2015)
• “Learning Together to be Safe”
• “Prevent Duty Guidance – England and Wales”
Extremism has no home at Hindley High School from anyone involved with the school or its local community. Any extremist views will be dealt in line with whole school polices.
School should be a safe place for pupils to express views and opinions, we have a duty to ensure that this happens. Extremism and extremist views can lead to poor outcomes for many individuals, for this reason at Hindley High School we treat it as a safeguarding concern. Please see the government website for more information for parents, teachers and school leaders. www.educateagainsthate.com
Staff need to be alert to
• Disclosures by students of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups, especially where students have not actively sought these out.
• Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images.
• Students accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites.
• Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and request for assistance.
• Partner schools, local authority services, and police reports of issues affecting students in other schools or settings.
• Students voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives.
• Use of extremist or “hate” terms to exclude others or incite violence.
• Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability,
homophobia, race, colour or culture.
• Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others.
By “Promoting Fundamental British Values,” valuing the rule of law and individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance to those of other faiths, backgrounds and beliefs and teaching all our students to respect each other and tolerance difference, we intend to the build resilience of our students by giving them safe places to discuss controversial issues and be given the knowledge to and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.
By following the above we seek to
• Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat faced from those who promote these views.
• Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.
• Work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks of radicalisation which needs to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health.