Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) and British Values
At Barton Clough Primary School, we are committed to serving our community. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand 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.
We follow 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. Our school is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensure that we promote and reinforce British values to all our students.
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British Values are:
The rule of law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our school uses strategies within the curriculum and beyond, to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways that Barton Clough Primary seeks to instil British Values.
Examples of how we promote Democracy:
2. The Rule Of Law
Examples of how we promote The Rule of Law:
3. Individual Liberty
Examples of how we promote Individual Liberty:
4. Mutual Respect
Examples of how we promote Mutual Respect:
5. Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Examples of how we promote Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
What is Prevent?
The Prevent strategy was published by the government in 2011 and is a key part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The strategy aims to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and those who promote it, prevent people being drawn into terrorism, and work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.
The Brief For Schools
Schools should ensure that their safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the local authority as part of the inter-agency safeguarding procedures set up by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). Schools’ child protection policies should describe procedures which are in accordance with government guidance and refer to locally agreed inter-agency procedures put in place by the LSCB. Extra responsibility and duty will be placed upon schools to recognise what vulnerabilities can look like and to be able to refer concerns confidently through the dedicated safeguarding route known as Channel. (Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme which operates throughout England and Wales. It provides tailored support to people who have been identified as at risk of being drawn into terrorism).
Responsibilities of Governors and Teachers
Senior management and governors should make sure that staff have training that gives them the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and challenge extremist ideas which can be used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups. They should know where and how to refer children and young people for further help. Prevent awareness training will be a key part of this. Senior management and governors are expected to assess the risk of pupils being drawn into terrorism, including support for the extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology.
What Training Do Staff Require?
The Prevent for schools website suggests that schools can demonstrate good leadership and management in tackling extremism by providing training that gives staff the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and challenge extremist ideas which can be used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by terrorist groups. Prevent awareness training will be a key part of this.