From 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we have to be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views. To this end we have produced a Prevent Statement which outlines our policy on this in school - click here to have a look at this document.
In addition, all schools are encouraged to promote British values - a set of four values introduced to help keep children safe and promote their welfare – as is the duty of all providers.
The promotion of British values is firmly embedded in the work that we do.
The four values we promote are:
Democracy: making decisions together
* We encourage children to see their role in the bigger picture, encouraging children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings, for example when they do or do not need help.
* We support the decisions that children make and provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children are given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.
Rule of law: understanding rules matters
* We ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong.
* Staff collaborate with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour.
Individual liberty: freedom for all
* Children are encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves. We provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities.
* We encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand we are free to have different opinions.
Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated
* Our senior management team have created an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.
* Children acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.
* Staff encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions.
* We promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.