Promoting British values

Focus School Plymouth Campus is committed to serving its community.  We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.  We  also understands the vital role we have 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.

We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group. As such, Focus School Plymouth Campus is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and we ensure that we promotes and reinforces British values to all our students.

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. The four British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance (of those of different faiths and beliefs)

We use strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students.   The examples that follow show some of the many ways we seeks to embed British values.

Democracy

The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at Focus School Plymouth, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections to positions such as School Council member. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History, Citizenship and English curriculum as well as in form time and assemblies. 

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 Focus School Plymouth. Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by our code of conduct and expectations.  Students 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.  Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.

Individual liberty

At Focus School Plymouth students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. 

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 and Tutorial work.

We have a robust anti-bullying culture in place and a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.

Mutual Respect

Respect is one of our five values and, as such, plays an important part within our school. 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 with our ethos being ‘allow one voice – so that the thoughts and answers of all are respected’. 

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 within the school community.  Students benefit from a number of international visitors, as well as special themed days and activities.  

Focus School Plymouth is part of the OneSchool Global Learning Community Programme which contributes to students’ Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and curriculum knowledge about global issues.  Our learning family consists of schools both in the UK and abroad and works in partnership to teach students about life in other countries and develop them as glocal citizens.

Through our SMSC education we help students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect English law; encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and contribute positively to society; enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, English public institutions and services and to appreciate and respect their own and other cultures.

We strive endlessly to ensure that our students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.