Here at The Clare School we take to heart British Values of:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Please see below our full statement on British Values and up to date examples of the learning taking place in school to support, reinforce and embed these within our community.
British Values at The Clare School
The Department for Education 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.” At The Clare School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is embedded within our curriculum, our school vision and our approach to life at the school. Pupils have the opportunity to vote on decisions at individual and class levels and to have their voices heard through our Pupil Voice. The election of representatives for Pupil Voice takes place when a vacancy arises and is a fully democratic process with each pupil being entitled to have one vote. The Clare School also has active Arts and Sports Councils, where pupil representatives meet regularly to ensure that their voices are heard. Pupil Voice are asked to help interview potential new staff who are interested in coming to work at The Clare School; their viewpoints are fed back to the Governing Body and help to inform the recruitment process. During the recent General Election members of the key political parties were invited in to meet with students and to discuss their party policies and face a ‘question time’ with our Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils. Pupils are encouraged to decide which charities to support at The Clare School. This academic year we have already raised money for Comic Relief, Children in Need, UNICEF, The Eaton Park Senior Citizen’s Club, Operation Christmas Child and a collection of sugar has been donated to the Homeless Shelter in preparation for Christmas.
The Rule of Law:
At The Clare School our pupils learn about the importance of Laws, whether they be rules that govern a particular class or department, such as the ‘Art Room Rules’ and the ‘PE Code of Conduct’, or the laws of the country. Pupils are taught the value and reason behind laws (as is appropriate for their learning level), that they help us to live our lives, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils in the FE Department learn about the Green Cross Code as part of their TITAN training and regularly practice obeying this in order to keep them safe when out and about in the local community. As part of our PSHE curriculum, pupils learn about the role of the Police and other emergency services in helping to uphold the law. We also work with our local PCSO team closely throughout the year.
We value independence for all our pupils, from the Nursery provision upto the Further Education Department and as such we create opportunities for pupils to make choices and to have appropriate freedoms within a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights but also to understand that there are times and circumstances which limit opportunities and choices available to them. Through our E-Safety and PSHE and Citizenship work we educate our pupils on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At The Clare School pupils are also given the freedom to choose which lunchtime clubs they attend; these opportunities are regularly reviewed to ensure that pupil interests are met. We have an extensive ‘Extended Schools’ programme which is on offer after school, at weekends and during the holidays. Pupils attending this provision are encouraged to make choices as to what activities they engage in and which trips they attend.
Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Pupils and staff treat each other with great respect. This is evident when walking around the school. PSHE and Citizenship lessons promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our behaviour policy. At The Clare School we encourage pupils to work together and show each other mutual respect. We have regular assemblies where we celebrate achievements of our pupils and celebrate our best work. We make every visitor feel welcome at our school and pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming in our classrooms.
Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Every term we enjoy MFL week, focussing on a specific language and culture, which changes each term. In addition to visits out from school, such as trips to various places of worship, we invite in people from other countries and origins to talk to us, tell us stories, teach us dance, run music workshops, help us to prepare food and celebrate the differences that make the world so rich and interesting. Through our RE curriculum our pupils learn about different religions and beliefs, about the key celebrations of different faiths and how different religions worship.
We measure our success of how well pupils achieve and are prepared for life in modern Britain in different ways:
- The academic progress pupils are making in their learning throughout their time at the school
- Progress against Individual targets, e.g. Learning Support Plans linked to statements of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
- Pupils’ social and emotional development and their ability to live and learn within the school and the wider community
- Pupils’ emotional, physical and social well-being
- Feedback from parents and carers through parent evenings, and annual EHCP reviews
- The success of pupils in moving on to new places of learning at any stage in their school life and especially their success (long term) in terms of: obtaining (and sustaining) a post school placement; any employment opportunities; independent living success; opportunities for continuing community inclusion and good health.