Promoting British Values
Anthony Gell School is committed to serving its community. It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Anthony Gell School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students. It understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways Anthony Gell School seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently reinforced at AGS, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, through Student Voice members and House captains. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in tutor - time with the Theme of the Month and through assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at AGS. Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student expectations. Students are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
At AGS, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at AGS educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety and PSHE. Plus, AGS has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning and Anti-Bullying policy.
Respect is a strong part of AGS; students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through its Pastoral structure and teaching and learning environments.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment .
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society through the curriculum and assemblies. The KS3 Humanities and KS4 Citizen and Religion curriculums provide a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
Through our PSHE curriculum and the Pastoral system we help students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect English law; encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and contribute positively to society, enabling students to appreciate and respect their own and other cultures.