Promoting British Values
Devon Studio School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Devon Studio School is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
We agree with and uphold Department for Education’s five British Values:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect
• Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The examples that follow show some of the many ways Devon Studio School seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Devon Studio School, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Boy and Girl. The principle of democracy is also explored in the Health and Social Care and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in Tutorial and Assemblies.
Student questionnaires, surveys and interviews are also conducted regularly as part of our QA process and we believe that this active participation will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in their future.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Devon Studio School. Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school and these are constantly reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the writing of our School’s rules, based on the Rights Respecting School agenda, helps them to understand the need for rules. Pupils are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Throughout the year, we welcome a range of visitors from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service and many more who reinforce this message.
At Devon Studio School, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at Devon Studio School work hard to provide a positive culture; they educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to set personal targets and choose tasks in class which challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own success. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities which pupils have the right to choose from, based on their interests.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through e-safety. Devon Studio School has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Devon Studio School and is at the core of our school life. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through our teaching and learning environments. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved though equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity through a culturally rich and diverse curriculum. For example, the Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures whilst through the Tutorial programme all students explore Multicultural UK including Multicultural GIS, World Development and Globalisation and Tourism.
Devon Studio School strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.