Promoting British Values at Westcott Primary School
British values can play an important role in education and how well a school promotes such values is an aspect of Ofsted’s inspection process. British values are promoted in so much of what we do, not least during our school assemblies, Religious Education and through our curriculum (SMSC education and Character Virtues). The values are integral to our core values and ethos.
As well as actively promoting British values, the opposite also applies: we would actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
The term ‘British values’ might be slightly misleading in that these values are integral to so many countries throughout the world – they differ in no way from the values of most western European countries, for example.
Schools are subject to a duty (Section 26, Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. At the foot of this page there is some information to support in discussions about extremism and preventing radicalisation.
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‘Westcott is a lovely school. I feel like my children have really progressed whilst being here.’
‘My child has progressed very well and is always happy when leaving school and ready to start the next day.’
‘I like that both my children are supported and happy in school. Its great that I am able to speak with teachers and time is always made for parents.’
‘The choice of after school and lunchtime activities is great. The reward assemblies are also a great idea.’
‘I like the Westcott Award Assemblies not just for the children’s sake but I like to come in and see them showcase their achievements. Its great to see them looking proud and happy.’
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