British Values

At Vision Studio School we maximise every opportunity to promote British values in everything we do for all of our students, regardless of their background. Our focus on social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues in lessons is key to the success of ensuring that across the curriculum Britishness is encouraged and our students develop in the country they live in.

Student Voice and student council ensure that our students exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within the school. All vertical tutor groups provide the mentoring system required to ensure the students feel comfortable in making decisions about issues which affect them within the school. By ensuring that behaviour expectations are clear with the consequences system, we aim to ensure that all students respect and uphold the rules and can see the difference between right and wrong.

Students at our school are given the opportunity and freedom to be individual in their studies. The freedom to be individual in their studies gives our students ownership of their future and helps them reflect on their behaviour in society.

Vision Studio School actively promotes the tolerance of different faiths and beliefs whilst challenging those who express opinions that conflict with British values.

Vision Studio School believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Our approach to this is in line with the Government’s CONTEST (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism) strategies.

Our 100% commitment to safeguarding student welfare means we are vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation including:

  • Family tensions
  • Sense of isolation
  • Migration
  • Distance from cultural heritage
  • Experience of racism or discrimination
  • Feeling of failure


What are the British values and how do we adhere to them?

Mutual respect
Our curriculum embodies values of mutual respect through units of learning. These include relationships and being a good citizen. In addition we have a full programme of tutorials for all students to ensure important messages regarding respect and relationships are given.

Individual liberty
Young people have key roles and responsibilities in school. These include student mentors and student council. Young people are encouraged to make choices we educate and provide boundaries for young people to make choice safely. This may be in the curriculum, through extra-curricular activities or work.

Democracy
Students are involved in democratic processes such as voting for student council, debates and choosing charities to support.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

We teach citizenship as part of our curriculum which provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures

Students are encouraged to debate and share ideas and views during Project Based Learning sessions

The Rule of the Law

We have a clearly structured and well enforced behaviour policy. Assemblies, tutorials and citizenship host a range of legal topics such as E Safety and PREVENT.

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for social, moral, spiritual, and cultural development.

Spiritual development:
students explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral development:
students learn to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development:
students investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance

Cultural development:
students learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

PREVENT

On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Vision Studio School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

All staff are trained in PREVENT and are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that learners should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.

As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support and actively promote the government's Prevent Strategy.