Supporting British Values

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At The Gatwick School we believe that all students should have a full understanding and appreciation of the Fundamental British Values.  As such, we strive to embed these within the school curriculum and address the discreetly during assemblies and within weekly classroom debates.

 

Democracy

Democracy can be seen in action at our school in many ways. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council, Pupil questionnaires and weekly debate. Members of the School Council, together with student leaders and the Head Boy and Girl are voted on by their classes and the Councils then vote for chairperson, vice- chair and secretary.  All School Council members sign the constitution at the first meeting.

 

The Rule of Law

The importance of rules and laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behavior and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

 

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, RE and PSHCE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge in lesson, how they record work, participation in our OASIS extra-curricular clubs and sports opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Cultures, Faiths and Beliefs

The Gatwick School is fortunate to be located within an area of wide cultural diversity and we are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs.  This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHCE. The school will strive to forge links with international schools, so that children can enjoy learning about similarities and differences in our cultures through lessons, teacher exchange visits and pen pals. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and assemblies celebrating and recognising key religious events are regular features of The Gatwick School.