British Values Policy
This policy takes into account section 78 of the Education Act 2002 which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. It also takes into account the non-statutory advice on British values from the Department of Education (November 2014), the Prevent Strategy, the Teachers Standards and the Equality Act 2010 Advice for Schools.
This policy also links with our other policies around:
- Behaviour Management
Ghausia Girls High School actively promotes the fundamental British values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
As a school with a Muslim ethos each of these values are not just “British” values, but principals that Islam teaches. We ask our children to reject all forms of discrimination and prejudice – not just that it’s the British thing to do but also a duty upon each and every Muslim.
This is achieved through the effective spiritual, moral and cultural development of our pupils, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum and extra –curricular activities, through our links with both the local community and the wider world. In promoting our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) we demonstrate our commitment to actively promoting fundamental British values in ways which are appropriate to our pupils’ age and ability.
We will enable our pupils to understand that while different people may hold different views about what is right and wrong, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The ethos and teaching in our school, which we make parents and visitors aware of, will support the rule of English civil and criminal law and we will not teach or allow anything that undermines it. In our teaching about religious law, we will take particular care to explore the relationship between state and religious law. Our pupils will be made aware of the difference between the law of our land and religious law.
Through our provision of Social, Moral, Spiritual, and Cultural education (SMSC), we will:
- share our vision and ethos
- enable our pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable our pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage our pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable our pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further develop tolerance and harmony between our country’s different cultural traditions by enabling our pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
We will ensure that our curriculum includes activities appropriate to the age and development of our pupils that will help to prepare them positively for life in modern Britain and the detail for this will be found in our curriculum planning. Each student will complete a GCSE qualification in Citizenship- learning about democracy and human rights and public institutions. In Religious Studies , they learn about mainstream Islamic teachings with an emphasis on good character and values. In Preparing for Working Life, we ensure our girls can become confident and independent and be able to make informed decisions about their future relationships, careers and lives.
All these and other experiences for example through trips etc will expose our students to “British” values and norms in a setting that is sensitive to their faith and culture. As a faith school we will ensure that our students are able to learn these British values whilst being able to practice their faith. So a faith consistent dress code, what we eat and being able to pray- our girls will appreciate that being an exemplary British citizen and a pious believer can go hand in hand. This is what we as a school community we will aim to promote.
Dealing with incidents / concerns:
If a member of staff is concerned that something that they see or hear from a child or their family indicates that they may be exposed to ideas that promote extremist ideologies or radicalization, then they must report this to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.