British Values Statement
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.
College of VCP is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands 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.
It follows equal opportunities guidance and will not tolerate discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. College of VCP is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The five key British values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
College of VCP will use strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. Following examples show some of the ways College of VCP seeks to instil British values.
We will promote the importance of democracy through:
- School Council
- Youth Parliament
- Student voice
- Collaborative working
- Debate Club
- Elections of Form Captains and House Captains.
The Rule of the Law
We will promote the importance of the rule of the law by:
- Behaviour Policy
- School Code of Conduct
- Giving accountability to all stakeholders including staff (Teacher’s Standards), students (Code of Conduct), and Governors.
- The school will liaise closely with outside agencies including the Police and Social Services when necessary.
- Safeguarding Policy
- Students will be taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken.
We will promote the importance of individual liberty through:
- Introducing a range of beliefs and experiences to students to help them make more informed choices for themselves
- Students are able to make choices about the courses they will study at Key Stage 4
- The provision of extra-curricular activities and clubs, including extended studies.
- Students choose their own work experience placements.
- Students are taught the knowledge and skills to broaden their choices about future work, travel and education.
- Students are encouraged to voice views in lesson in a formative manner.
- Duke of Edinburgh award programme.
We will promote the importance of mutual respect through:
- Behaviour Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- E Safety Guidance
- Safer Schools Initiative
- The publishing and enforcement of smart dress code.
- Debate Club
- Duke of Edinburgh award programme
- The curriculum helps students to learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs and so develops students’ ability to make informed decisions, be confident in their own identity and understand and respect that of others.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We will promote the importance of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through:
- Discussions on prejudices in RE and PSHE
- PSHE lessons on current events
Safe Recruitment Policy
Anti Bullying Policy