Promoting British Values
The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need that Schools should 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 concept of British values were set out in the 2011 Government report ‘Prevent Strategy’ where values of universal human rights, equality before the law, democracy and full participation in our society were agreed upon as of intrinsic importance to be taught in all schools. At Oakbank these values are modelled and consistently reinforced in the following ways.
• Students at Oakbank play an ever-increasing role in school decision-making through participation in the Student Leadership programme as House Captains, Sports Leaders, Learning Leaders, Charity Representatives and Peer Mentors. Examples of their work include regular charity events led by the Charity Representatives and a work scrutiny with a focus on marking and input about the new school planner by the Learning Leaders.
• Our behaviour policy is established and consistently used across the school. It is modelled on collaborating with the students and giving them avenues to best improve.
• Teamwork is modelled by staff and constantly and consistently encouraged in the students.
• All students participate in our Widening Horizons programme outside of the classroom. All passions are catered for with a diverse programme of activities and clubs including music, sport, drama and art.
• Current affairs are covered during form time discussions. This leads to an exploration of British issues and values in the media.
• Our school aims of Challenge, Commitment, Community demonstrate that the leadership of the school believe strongly in the mantra that every child matters.
• A termly questionnaire of pupils’ views enables them to have a voice.
• We hold a half termly Parent Forum; exercising and modelling democracy to parents and stakeholders.
Rule of Law:
• The school behavioural policy supports the rule of law students can expect to find once they leave school. Any misbehaviour is dealt with appropriately and would look to provide reformation, retribution, protection and deterrence.
• The values and reasons behind laws, as well as the way in which they govern and protect us, are made apparent in a number of subject areas.
• Lessons such as personal wellbeing start the course by introducing a classroom charter upon which all agree.
• Each student signs a Code of Conduct agreement which is shared with the parents and carers before signing.
• The Mock Trial Competition is one of our Widening Horizons programmes.
• Within the school students are actively encouraged to make choices, whilst knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
• Our behaviour policy is underpinned by year teams which are supportive, forgiving and willing to help an individual make the right decisions for the right reasons.
• Students are actively encouraged to be themselves at Oakbank and through the behaviour policy, curriculum and Widening Horizons programme, they feel empowered to be so.
• Through subjects such as PSHE, RS and History students are encouraged to be aware of their rights from a legal and moral viewpoint.
• In this way, it is our aim that our students will be able to evaluate the society in which they live and to make the informed, independent choices of good citizens.
• The Oakbank Way encourages all members of our school community - staff, students, parents, governors and visitors - to respect our nurturing learning environment in which manners, politeness and respect for all are actively role modelled and demonstrated.
• At Oakbank we use restorative justice as a key driver to secure mutual respect and encourage tolerance.
• Oakbank endeavours to respect and value one another’s opinions – even and especially when it is different to our own. This is covered explicitly in a number of subject areas, but especially in PSHE.
• Respect underpins every aspect of our classroom and school rules, as well as our behaviour policy. The Oakbank Way underpins our ethos.
• Being a ‘Telling School’ actively promotes good citizenship and community. Students use this to affect an environment of zero tolerance on any anti-social behaviour or prejudice towards any member of the school community.
Tolerance of Those of a Different Faith:
• Although as a school we have a lower than average number of minority groups represented, we fully appreciate the importance of enhancing a student’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and giving them opportunities to experience that diversity.
• The school has an inclusive ethos that is actively supported by its staff.
• All students are taught that prejudice and discrimination can come in many forms and is wrong on many levels.
• World religions are covered in a thematic approach in the syllabus for RS in which all students participate.
• As a ‘Reading School’, we encourage students to read a wide range of national and international texts to explore British values in context.
The school recognises that it promotes British values in many non-tangible ways and that the ethos of the school is central to this. It does also understand that we have a duty to explicitly challenge those who fail to live up to those values.
Staff are trained in a series of Teaching and Learning Briefings to encourage upholding these values and the merits associated with them. The aim of this whole school approach is to have the greatest possible impact upon all our students’ value systems for the future.
 27th November 2014 Promoting fundamental British values through (DFE https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/promoting-fundamental-british-values-through-smsc)
 2011 Prevent Strategy (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97976/prevent-strategy-review.pdf)