Promoting British Values at Bitterne Park School
The DfE has stated 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.”
At Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form we are committed to embedding these values into our school community. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of our students, staff and parents and seek to celebrate this through our curriculum and events in school. We teach our students to follow the rule of law and to be tolerant and respectful of one another. These values are at the core of the Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form ethos. We instil these values in the following ways:
Student voice is crucial at BPS. Our students are able to contribute to the running of the school through regular surveys. Students also have their voices heard through our thriving School Council. Our school council meet on a weekly basis responding to and acting upon issues raised from the student body. A member of the Senior Management Team attends our School Council meetings to ensure the issues raised by the student body are always heard and acted upon.
In addition to the school council and surveys the student body are represented through the Youth Travel Ambassadors, Anti-Bullying Representatives, and the Gifted and Talented Council. Students are also involved in the appointment of new teachers through our student interview panels. Add to this the hugely successful 2015 BPS “General Election” recognised by David Cameron ,we can be confident that our students are well educated in the importance of democracy.
Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether that be those which govern the classroom, school or country is something which is reinforced by BPS staff everyday. Our students are taught about this concept through weekly assemblies and our extensive SMSC curriculum. Our students are taught about the value and reasons behind laws, as well as it being made clear of the consequences when laws are broken. A range of external speakers from different areas of life are invited into the school to reinforce these messages.
Our students are actively encouraged to make choices in a safe and supportive environment. The importance of making sensible choices is taught through assemblies, careers guidance, real life interview experience, cyber awareness sessions and SMSC. In the last two years we have invited Chris Lubbe, a Unicef Children’s Champion, to speak to our students on the issues of individual liberty, freedom and respect. This has been hugely successful in getting our students discussing these issues both in and outside of the classroom.
We actively promote tolerance, courtesy and good manners. Our students feel happy and safe in school and this is something we monitor through regular student surveys. The consistent application of our behaviour and anti-bullying policies ensure that this is the case. We monitor and tackle all forms of bullying. Our students understand some are less fortunate than others; as a school we are committed to raising over £10,000 every year to support a range of local and national charities. The huge array of events we put on to achieve this goal show mutual respect is fundamental to the Bitterne Park School community.
At Bitterne Park School we will actively challenge students, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including “extremist” views.