British Values Statement
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values from September 2014, and to ensure they are actively promoted and adhered to in schools.
Dawlish Community College is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of life in modern Britain. It understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation, bullying or radicalisation.
Dawlish Community College 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. The school is dedicated to preparing students well for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief
We use strategies within the national curriculum and beyond the classroom to ensure such outcomes for students.
Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.
In school we promote the importance of democracy through such things as:
- Opportunities to vote in mock elections
- Student Voice on key school decisions through processes including online school surveys, school council committees, student voice scrutiny, staff selection
- Students elect peers to represent them on our student council
- Strong adherence to our Equalities policy and objectives in line with the Equality Act 2010
The rule of law
All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.
At Dawlish Community College we promote the importance of the rule of law through such things as:
- School of conduct and behaviour and discipline policies
- Marking and feedback and homework policies set with clear boundaries, which are explained clearly to students and staff
- Accountability and responsibility are stressed to all members of our community.
Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally see as outside Government control.
At Dawlish Community College we promote the importance of individual liberty through such things as:
- A robust and clear anti-bullying culture and policy for all students and staff, which allows the opportunity for individual choices in a safe and supportive environment
- The wealth of extra-curricular activities and clubs available to all students
- Students actively encouraged to express views and opinions in lessons in a formative manner
- Students offered choice for their future academic pathways as they move through the key stages
- Opportunities for freedom of speech and expression through medium such as student-led assemblies
The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.
At Dawlish Community College we promote the importance of mutual respect through such things as:
- Strong Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision
- A broad and balanced curriculum
- The tutorial programme and assemblies
- Clear guidance on the impact of good behaviour in all facets of school life
- A learning culture which promotes the core values that students take responsibility for their actions and recognise the implications of negative behaviour on others
- A school uniform developed with the school council and student voice
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs (including no faith)
A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs may differ from one’s own.
At Dawlish Community College we promote the important of tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs through such things as:
- Beliefs and Values or Applied Ethics taught to all students
- External faith speakers invited into assemblies and lessons
- Acceptance of faith symbolism
- The extensive extra-curricular programme
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)
Compulsory at KS3 and KS4
SMSC at Dawlish Community College
Here at DCC we believe that academic qualifications are significant but it is also important to fully prepare students for the changing realities of life outside school. SMSC is taught as part of a whole school initiative to link learning to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural issues in real life. Ofsted recognised the SMSC provision at Dawlish Community College.