At Paulet High school we aim to prepare our students to become good citizens of the future. Through our curriculum we teach students British values and how to celebrate diversity. We aim to raise their awareness of radicalisation and extremist views, whatever the source. We have adopted the principles and advice found in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016’ and the ‘Prevent Strategy’. These are incorporated into our school policy on tackling extremism.
At Paulet High School we are committed to serving our community and recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role the school plays in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school community are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
We follow equality guidance which endeavours to ensure there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all our students.
The five key British values* are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Paulet uses strategies within the national curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways we seek to instill British values.
* Definition set by the government in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
Student voice is a significant part of student life at Paulet. Through our house system we have a school council which meets half termly and has a role in shaping key decisions within the school. Each form group has a house representative, these representatives feedback to the house captains. The house captains are members of our sixth form. Each subject area also has Subject Ambassadors who have a key role in promoting student voice within all aspects of the curriculum. A key focus for the student voice group in the last academic year was to establish a house structure for the whole school further building the Paulet community. The house system is in its first full year this year and the student voice group will continue to be the “engine room” for this.
The Rule of Law
Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
We have a weekly PHSEE/SMSC focus for assemblies and extended form at Paulet which has a particular focus and this is reinforced through the wider curriculum. The involvement of our students in the creation of the Behaviour for Learning Code helped them to understand the reasons behind the rules and consequences if they are broken.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We encourage children to choose tasks that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. Through our PHSEE and SMSC enrichment activities we educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.
At Paulet we gain mutual respect through adhering to the Behaviour for Learning Code that all staff and students agreed to. We aim to talk to one another in the manner that we would like to be spoken to and language for learning is a key foci for the school community this academic year. Restorative justice is used to resolve any disputes and both prefects and peer mentors play an important role in showing the whole school community positive student role models.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Paulet we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which major religions are studied and respected. We strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
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