British Values, Equality and the Prevent Duty
At Temple Learning Academy, we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
At Temple Learning Academy, we will take every opportunity to promote British Values, defined by the government as; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Democracy will be embedded at our academy. Pupils are always be listened to by adults and taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. We have a Cluster Council where pupils can air their opinions and ideas. This council is elected by pupils, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action. We promote democracy through our Citizenship and PSHE curriculum, as well as through the wider curriculum. Our pupils are encouraged to voice their thoughts across all curriculum areas by responding to teacher feedback in books, careful questioning by staff, the work they produce and classroom dialogue.
The Rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy, or the country, ware consistently reinforced. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws; that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. The Behaviour Policy applies to everyone. Assemblies and visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within the academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record their work or what they choose to participate in from our numerous enrichment activities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Our broad and varied curriculum equips students with the knowledge and skills to broaden the choices they make about future employment and education.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Pupils learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. The Behaviour Policy applies to everyone and all members of the school community are supported in treating each other with respect. The academy actively promotes equality, diversity and mutual respect through our studies in RE, PSHE, languages, the arts and citizenship. We recognise and celebrate the rich calendar of national celebrations.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our school welcomes all pupils and families and promotes diversity in all it’s forms. Assemblies are regularly planned to address and celebrate the different beliefs and cultures within our school, and beyond, either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and teaching reinforces this and members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning. Pupils visit places of worship that are important to different faiths and their learning of money management skills will ensure they flourish in our multi-cultural society. Our pupils are brave and informed, challenging negative stereotypes and discriminatory behaviour at all levels.
One of our favorite resources at the moment you could share with your child, which supports our work on British Values, is the Parent’s Guide to Black Lives Matter.
What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.
Educate Against Hate
This is an important government website that provide advice and information about protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. More details can be found here.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. However, it is about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss any issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the PREVENT strategy. The Fundamental British Values explore other cultures and religions and promotes diversity. We provide a safe environment for discussing controversial issues and helping young people understand how they can influence and participate in positive decision-making.
How we will respond to concerns.
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Temple Learning Academy is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Temple Learning Academy Equality Objectives