Promoting British Values.
Dyke House Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has 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. Teaching promotes British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. Whole school and in school assemblies focus on specific themes of respect, aspiration, character, collaboration and creativity throughout the year whilst allowing for responses to issues both within the local community and nationally.
Dyke House 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, or similar. Dyke House is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all 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 British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Radicalisation and Extremism
- Educate against hate
The academy uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. Dyke House is commited to promoting these values and below are some examples of how we do that.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced within school, with democracy processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance: elections being held for Head Boy and Girl and Prefects positions, School council and Student Parliament members. The principle of democracy is also explored in the History and Religious Studies curriculum as well as in Learning Guide time and assemblies. Each week the school will ask students "the big question" which is held before, during and after school and students are given the opportunity to vote. The results of these votes are then discussed at Senior Leadership team meetings.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school which are highlighted by the student code of conduct and student 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. Both students and parents sign a school contract prior to students starting Dyke House.
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 Learning Guide time.
Dyke House has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Respect is a strong part of Dyke House. Students learn that their behaviour has 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 its 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.
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, including students from other continents and cultures. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of KS3, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Learning Guide time is also used to address this issue.
Radicalisation and Extremism
We believe 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.
Radicalisation is defined as "a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social or religious ideals and aspirations that (1) reject or undermine the status quo or (2) reject and /or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice."
Extremism is defined as "Vocal, or active opposition to fundamental British Values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs."
Our 100% commitment to safeguarding student welfare means we are vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation including:
- Family tensions
- Sense of isolation
- Distance from cultural heritage
- Experience of racism or discrimination
- Feeling of failure
We are committed to educating students with regard to their engagement and acceptance with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We aim to support our students in developing and demonstrating skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Educate Against Hate
Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Parents can find information to aid understanding the issues and protect their children via the website: educateagainsthate.com