Values upheld in Britain and supported by Sprowston Community High School

british values

In November 2014, The Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools. This aims to ensure that young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. The guidance helps schools understand their responsibility to actively promote fundamental British values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs). These values are also part of the ‘Prevent’ strategy that was set out in 2011 to tackle damaging extremist views.

To respond to policy changes, SCHS has extended existing provision so that the core values are explicit in curriculum planning and so that we can show how the work that we do with students to help them to prepare for their futures is effective. Delivery of our Personal Development and Religious Education schemes of work together with our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural) and Active Citizens programmes (School Prefects, Head Girl & Boy, Student Council, Student Leaders, Student wellbeing, Student Voice, Eco Committee, Outreach Committee, Charity Committee, Sports Council and Young Chamber) provide a wide range of opportunities for students to engage, encourage and support development on their journeys navigating modern life.

This multi-way approach promotes student welfare, improves safeguarding and provides a platform from which harmful influences can be identified and protective measures put in place.
Examples of the understanding and knowledge pupils are expected to learn include:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and celebrated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination

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