The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. The DfE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.’
At Al-Ashraf Secondary School we are committed to serving our pupils, community and local area. In so doing we reinforce British values regularly and in the following ways:
Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at our school. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and value their opinions. Pupils have further opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, assemblies and suggestion box. The elections of School Council members are the result of pupil votes and all of these groups canvas the opinions of their peers.
Pupil assemblies further promote democratic values as pupils have an opportunity to put forward their point of view on any topic of their choice.
The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong and visits to and from local institutions help to reinforce these messages.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and careers choices and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular. E-safety teaching enables them to make choices in a safe manner.
Our schools' ethos and behaviour policy are based on intrinsic Islamic values, of equal love for all, equal respect for all and equal faith for all. Our Islamic ethos constantly promote respect for others and the importance of good manners. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively and value others’ opinions.
As a faith based school, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum, multi-faith assemblies and the ethos of the school. Class work promotes the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning in class.
See Equality Policy.