British Values

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At Lea Valley High School we have embedded the DFE guidance on promoting British values in school and ensuring our young people leave Lea Valley prepared for life in Britain. We actively promote:

 

  • The fundamental British values of democracy
  • The rule of law
  •  Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Examples of the understanding and knowledge students learn include:

 

  • Achieve an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • Develop an understanding of the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs and that is protected in law
  • Excel in the acceptance that society promotes different faiths or beliefs and that this should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial behaviour.

 

Preventing radicalisation

Lea Valley High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of all our students. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerable groups.

 

  • Our provision is embedded across the curriculum, developed through our assemblies and underpins the school vision. We acknowledge that children with low aspirations are often more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our students with confidence and set high standards and expectations for all and celebrate our multicultural community at every opportunity.

 

  • In line with government policy students are  taught how to stay safe on line through Life Skills Days and e-security lessons in Computer Science lessons and are encouraged to recognise people aren’t always who they say they are online. They are always taught to seek the help of a trusted adult if they are worried about anything they read or see online.

 

  • The LVHS Behaviour policy- has a teaching and learning focus which promotes relationships and encourage students to be the best they can be. We actively promote restorative justice and support stakeholders in explaining when student’s behaviour has failed to meet the Lea Valley Standard.  We also work closely with our parents, carers and Safer Schools Officers to develop and enhance community relationships.

 

At Lea Valley High School we embrace and celebrate the opportunity to educate our students of their place within British Multicultural society.

The right of each person to be respected regardless of race, gender, faith, ability or heritage is embedded in our school vision and is central to all aspects of policy and practice in our school community.

LVHS School celebrates the uniqueness of every individual and we are committed to empowering our students to develop into responsible citizens in the community and country in which they live.

We are fully committed to the promotion and reinforcement of the fundamental British values of:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Democracy

  • At LVHS students have a voice and their opinions are valued. The School Parliament and Student Learning Council ensure students have opportunities to have their voices heard. Student suggestion boxes in the library; Learning mentors and Peer Mentoring and the ‘family’ ethos of the school encourages students to share their views with stakeholders.
  • Students also give feedback to senior leaders as part of formal lesson observations, learning walks and the recruitment process of new staff.
  • We have a wide range of leadership roles which our students are encouraged to partake in, including: School Parliament; Year Council; Student Presidents; Student Learning Council and Peer Mentoring.
  • Students holding these posts of responsibility seek the views of their year teams and peers and represent these views to staff.
  • Staff are also encouraged to share their views and concerns via the Performance Management processes for teaching and support staff, regular meetings and a well-established and structured system of Monitoring and Support.
  • We also have a suggestion box in the Teaching and Learning Noticeboard in the staffroom area for feedback and suggestions.
  •  Every Friday there is a lunchtime hub “Eating and Learning” where staff share good practice and debate topical educational issues and what it means for education and Lea Valley students.
  • There is a strong sense of democratic responsibility across the school and the updating of our House system offers new opportunities to strengthen the partnerships between staff and students.

The Rule of Law

LVHS is a diverse community whose members are committed to upholding the Lea Valley Standard.   Our community is well aware of the need for rules and regulations in society to keep safe, they know their responsibilities in maintaining a safe and well-ordered environment both within and outside of school.

Individual Liberty

Students are encouraged to be independent learners and to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. They are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to be the best they can be.

Mutual Respect

LVHS promotes the rights and responsibilities of others. Our assemblies promote respect and tolerance of others. Students are taught the importance of self-respect, togetherness, diversity and community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

In RE students are taught about the faiths and traditions of other belief systems. There are many diverse members of staff and students who play a full part in the life of the school.