The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated in Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools, DfE November 2014.
At Holly Hill, we believe that an understanding of British values will prepare children for a life in Britain today, along with increasing their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development.
You can read more about the government guidance on promoting British Values by clicking HERE.
The work around British values at Holly Hill is linked to what is called the Prevent Duty: "Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views."
You can read more about the government guidance on fulfilling the Prevent Duty in schools by clicking HERE.
What are the Fundamental British Values?
All of our assemblies have links to one or more of the British Values. This is the perfect time to demonstrate how British Values are a part of, not only life within school, but life in the wider world.
Take a look at what topics will be coming up this school year!
The Prevent Duty: tackling extremism
All of the staff at Holly Hill (including your office staff and midday supervisors!) have taken part in training around their duty to prevent and protect those at risk of extremism.
As events in the world occur, our students are often aware of acts of terrorism from the news, internet and conversations they may overhear. Together as staff and parents, it is our duty to speak to our children about these events in a way that is appropriate and reassuring.
Be Careful What you Share!
Far-Right extremist groups have been known to regularly use social media to reach out to people. Posts by these groups are often disguised as posts for other charity campaigns (e.g. animal cruelty and missing persons.) Before you share a post online, take the time to copy and paste the image into 'Tineye', so you can be aware of the exact origins before sharing.