Promoting British Values at Newbridge School
The DfE have recently 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 2014. At Newbridge School these values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
We ensure that all students are treated equally and as individuals by engaging students through pace and individualised objectives/targets. We differentiate the curriculum and resources to enable all students to achieve.
By using individualised and accessible communication development (ACC) learners have the opportunity to communicate their choices. Opportunities for free choice time, e.g., lunch, leisure activities, tuck shop, support staff, lesson choices. We also have a student council who regularly meet.
At Newbridge School we believe that a democracy means working together collaboratively. This value is embedded in much of what we do; taking in turns and sharing during lessons, circle time, sharing in assemblies.
We also understand that to be a democracy we must put trust in others. All staff support the students regarding medical, care, educational, behaviour and physical/therapy needs, ensuring that students have the best education possible.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced at Newbridge School.
Students are taught that there are rules at school and within the class that need to be followed. The rules and routines are shared via visual schedules, Then & Now cues, and students have Leaner Behaviour Plans, that include triggers, actions/strategies and consequences.
Visits from authorities such as Police and Fire Service help to reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen outside Government control.
At Newbridge school we promote the importance of individual liberty by helping our students to understand themselves and the outside world. We do this by advocating self-awareness, self-esteem, self-knowledge, and giving time and space to explore feelings.These are reflected on the displays throughout the school. To support the students to understand the outside world they are taught life skills through community and educational visits and a variety of curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
We promote the importance of mutual respect through our Code of Practice, lunchtime clubs, friendship group, extra-curricular clubs and Young people community activities. At Newbridge School we pride ourself on being a strong community, encouraging staff/student relationships from diverse cultures and faiths to learn from each other. All faiths, cultures and traditions are valued, respected and celebrated. We listen and dance to music from different cultures and we have theatre groups performing from different cultures.