SMSC and Embedding British Values at Falconer School
Falconer School promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Actively promoting these values means challenging opinions or behaviours at Falconer School that are contrary to fundamental British values.
The Teachers’ Standards expect teachers to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.
Through their provision of SMSC at Falconer Schools we:
How will we achieve this?
Democracy is richly embedded within the school. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Council, student questionnaires, meeting with the Headteacher and through being a Head Boy, or Peer Mentor. Our school behaviour and values policies involve rewards and sanctions; this is shared through all aspects of school life and also shared with parents, carers and students.
The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies and OAA activities. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are welcomed to help reinforce this message.
Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering approach through the education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our OAA lessons. Students are further empowered through being part of the Student Council and being able to take part in student forums which link directly to the senior leadership team or governors. Students are given the freedom to make a wide range of choices from attending extra-curricular clubs to supporting fund raising events.
As a school which holds values at the core of its ethos, our school values and behaviour policies have evolved around core values such as ‘respect’. Every student has the right to ‘Dream, Believe and Achieve’, and students have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Respect is one of our values taught explicitly within lessons, assemblies and the school council. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
At Falconer School we are a culturally rich and diverse school where students have unique opportunities to learn from each other by sharing and celebrating their different faiths and cultures. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed up and supported by learning in across the school. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Students leading the learning in Assembly
The annual Christmas Service
Students voting for the House system
Prayer for the refugees
Year 11 GCSE Music group composed a song as their response to the plight of the Syrian refugees. Please click on the link to view their multi media presentation.
Remembrance Day 2015