Promoting British Values at UTC Bolton

 

The DFE 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.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At UTC Bolton these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

 

Democracy

Students have the opportunity to have their voice heard through school council meetings, surveys and feedback during learning walks. The school council members are selected as representatives of the UTC specialist pathways and will meet every month to discuss issues that affect the UTC.

Students will provide feedback on their learning experience as part of the Staff CPD and Quality Assurance processes. Their views will be greatly valued by staff whose mission it is to deliver the promise. Students will also be involved in the recruitment process for staff in 2016 – 2017.

 

The Rule of the Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they govern a class, the UTC or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the UTC day and year through our ‘Every is an Interview’ strategy. Laws and rules are also reinforced through year and UTC assemblies. Students are taught the values of laws and rules, the reasons behind them and the consequences that apply when laws and rules are broken. The UTC will have regular visits from the Fire Service and the Police as part of the school calendar to help reinforce these messages.

 

Individual Liberty

Within the UTC students are actively encouraged to make good and right choices in their daily lives. The UTC provides students with a safe and secure environment that supports them in making the right choices via a broad and balanced curriculum. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, for example, in e-safely expectations and in the culture curriculum. Through involvement in a variety of extra-curricular and community activities students will be encouraged to utilise their freedom to make choices. Students will also contribute heavily to charitable fundraising through the enrichment curriculum and culture curriculum. Students will be encouraged to participate in leadership opportunities that not only develop their skills but could potentially impact on a large number of students via the School Council.

 

Mutual respect

The ethos of the UTC promotes respect for others and this is reflected in our behaviour expectation and expectations in the classroom and beyond.

 

Tolerance of those of difference faiths and beliefs

This is achieved through an enhancement of student understanding of their place in a culturally, diverse society and by giving them experience of such diversity. Assemblies about prejudice based bullying, such as homophobia will be conducted and tolerance is supported by learning within the culture curriculum.

 

Prevent Strategy

Staff will receive Prevent and Channel Strategy training to combat extremism during their induction to UTC Bolton as part of our wider commitment to safeguarding students.

The culture curriculum will include materials from http://www.preventforschools.org/index.php including ‘Act Now’, ‘Where’s the line’ and Manchester Metropolitan Universities ‘Learning Together to be Safe’ programmes.

 

Origination Authorised by Issue No. Date
David Goddard Dr Zubair Hanslot 1 April 2015