British Values at The Elmgreen School
We at The Elmgreen School believe that the Elmgreen Way epitomises all that is good about living in modern Britain and we are therefore committed to upholding those values in the school.
The Elmgreen School has a vibrant Student Council made up of elected Student Reps who make important decisions about the running of the school and our also involved in policy making. The Head Boy and Head Girl are also elected by their peers and are also vital to the democratic structures in the school. We also have PLS sessions where the democratic process is specifically taught.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, or rules that govern our actions, are constantly and consistently reinforced at The Elmgreen School whether that be in the classroom, the corridor or the country. This is best summed up in The Elmgreen way’ by ‘We look after our Community’. Students are taught the reasons and values behind our rules and the rationale for having them. We also work closely with community groups and our community police officer on why laws exist and what happens if you transgress them.
Students are encouraged at The Elmgreen School to, ‘Look after Ourselves’ and we provide a safe and supportive environment for students to make important choices. With good guidance and education we expect our students to understand their rights and responsibilities. Students are also taught how to keep themselves safe and we expect our students to make sensible choices about E- Safety. We also expect our students to choose to participate in the many extra-curricular activities that The Elmgreen School offers.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The Elmgreen School is in the heart of one of the most multi-cultural areas in the world and we are proud that ‘We look after each other.’ Our Religious Education and Values lessons, our assemblies and our Values Days all serve to reflect our student, staff and community body. All different faiths are encouraged to share their beliefs and knowledge in a safe and secure environment.
Radicalisation and Extremism
At The Elmgreen School we believe that ‘We look after our school’ and the students within it. We support the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. We follow the advice of the Government’s CONTEST strategy (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism).
In this context Radicalisation is the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism, and in some, cases participate in terrorist groups. Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to the British values as described above.
We at The Elmgreen School are vigilant in our monitoring of students vulnerability to radicalisation including:
Sense of isolation
Distance from cultural heritage
Experience of racism or discrimination
Feeling of failure
Any concerns must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Officer Mr. Grant or the Inclusion team led by Ms. Hunter.
At The Elmgreen School we deliver SMSC, including British Values across the curriculum in a number of ways.
Through PLS where students engage in a debate once a week on a typical subject
- Through Assemblies which follow a series of themes
- Through our Tutor Time where students learn more about British Values
- Through our Elmgrren Days where students explore what it is to be a local, national and global citizen
- Through Religious Education and Values where we look at the beliefs and values of the major religions
- All subjects include SMSC in their lessons across the year.