British Values are defined as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (from The Prevent strategy 2011).
At Outwood Academy Newbold we maximise every opportunity to promote British Values in everything we do for all of our students, regardless of their background. Our focus on social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues in lessons is key to the success of ensuring that across the curriculum Britishness is encouraged and our students develop in the country they live in.
Student Voice ensures that our students exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within the Academy. The Student Voice President is elected by the students who all have the opportunity to vote. By ensuring that behaviour expectations are clear with the consequences system, we aim to ensure that all students respect and uphold the rules and can see the difference between right and wrong.
Students at the Academy are given the opportunity and freedom to be individual in their studies; we believe that by allowing students to engage in subjects of their choosing with our Information, Advice and Guidance, outcomes will be improved. The freedom to be individual in their studies gives our students ownership of their future and helps them reflect on their behaviour in society.
Outwood Academy Newbold actively promotes the tolerance of different faiths and beliefs whilst challenging those who express opinions that conflict with British Values.
Radicalisation and Extremism
The Academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Our approach to this is in line with the Government’s CONTEST (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism) strategies.
Radicalisation is the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism, and in some, cases participate in terrorist groups. Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values.
Our 100% commitment to safeguarding student welfare means we are vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation including:
Ofsted will look for evidence of: (from Inspection Handbook Sept 2014)
‘Acceptance and engagement with 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 pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain’.