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British Values

British Values Statement 2016-2017

At Paulet High school we aim to prepare our students to become good citizens of the future. Through our curriculum we teach students British values and how to celebrate diversity. We aim to raise their awareness of radicalisation and extremist views, whatever the source. We have adopted the principles and advice found in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016’ and the ‘Prevent Strategy’. These are incorporated into our school policy on tackling extremism.

At Paulet High School we are committed to serving our community and recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role the school plays in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school community are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

We follow equality guidance which endeavours to ensure there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all our students.

The five key British values* are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Paulet uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways we seek to instill British values.

* Definition set by the government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. 

Democracy

Student voice is a significant part of student life at Paulet. Through our house system we have a school council which meets half termly and has a role in shaping key decisions within the school. Each form group has a house representative, these representatives feedback to the house captains. The house captains are members of our sixth form. Each subject area also has Subject Ambassadors who have a key role in promoting student voice within all aspects of the curriculum. A key focus for the student voice group in the last academic year was to establish a house structure for the whole school further building the Paulet community. The house system is in its first full year this year and the student voice group will continue to be the “engine room” for this. 

During summer 2016 we had a whole school focus on democracy through form time in the run up to the EU referendum, our values tree was updated with why our students feel democracy is important.

We also held an in school vote on the eve of the referendum.

Overall vote results

Paulet High School have voted to remain in the EU

Remain = 54%

Leave = 46%

“I think we should remain because then I have the opportunity to work in any country in the EU. I have the opportunity to visit many different countries. I also think we should share the privilege of living in this country and we should let other foreigners with harder lives get those privileges. “Joel – Year 7

“I think that we should leave because we will gain more independence and control over our laws, rather than Brussels influencing our laws.” Duncan – Year 8

“I think we should remain because it gives us freedom to travel and study across Europe. It also provides a very strong market for trade.” Annie-May – Year 12

The Rule of Law

Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.

We have a weekly PHSEE/SMSC focus for assemblies and extended form at Paulet which has a particular focus and this is reinforced through the wider curriculum. The involvement of our students in the creation of the Behaviour for Learning Code helped them to understand the reasons behind the rules and consequences if they are broken. 

Individual Liberty

We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We encourage children to choose tasks that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. Through our PHSEE and SMSC enrichment activities we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. 

Mutual Respect

At Paulet we gain mutual respect through adhering to the Behaviour for Learning Code that all staff and students agreed to. We aim to talk to one another in the manner that we would like to be spoken to and language for learning is a key foci for the school community this academic year. Restorative justice is used to resolve any disputes and both prefects and peer mentors play an important role in showing the whole school community positive student role models. 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Paulet we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which major religions are studied and respected.
We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future. 

Our Year 7 values day had a focus on tolerance and mutual respect, a key part of this day involved the students making their pledge outlining how they can ensure that they live in a respectful and tolerant society.

How do our students define ‘Britishness’ in October 2015?

‘In Britain we have laws and boundaries and if someone has committed a crime they will be prosecuted which makes Britain a safe country for me to live in.’

  Kyra - Year 8

‘Being British is being proud of our country because of it being a democracy which is based on social acceptance’

  Heather – Year 11 

‘To have freedom of speech, freedom of expression, living in a just and fair society. It is also having the right to education and hospital treatments. Furthermore, to be accepting of different races, religions and cultures’

  Eloise- Year 11

‘Being British means you get to live in a country where we have a varied culture. The mixed cultural experience brings wondrous foods and new techniques. Being British is living in a democracy where everyone gets to have a say’

  Aiden– Year 7 

'Britishness is everybody being allowed to have free will. Britain has the armed forces to protect as well as a brilliant police force.'

  Callum - Year 8

‘To me, to be British means justice and democracy. It is the chance to fight for what you believe is right’

  Siobhan - Year 9

‘Being British means that we have our own vote and we can use it to show our views and beliefs. It means we are respected, protected and treated fairly’

  Georgina – Year 11

‘To be treated with equality and respect. No matter what race or religion you may be’

  Lauryn – Year 8



 
 

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. If you have any concerns that a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure, please contact our designated safeguarding lead Mrs. V. Deer (Deputy Head)

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