The Bicester School has a firm commitment to developing and upholding British values.
We have our own Student Voice made of up of elected student representatives, as well as an elected Head Boy and Head Girl.
Students are taught about the importance of democracy in a variety of ways, including: tutor time, assemblies and in subject specific content.
During the 2015 General election, we hosted all the candidates for an episode of Question Time, which was attended by our sixth form students and those from other local schools.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, The Bicester School or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout all aspects of school life. Students and parents are taught the value and reasons behind our rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.
Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe sustainable environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-safety and safety assemblies and workshops. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our enrichment programme and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The Bicester School is situated in an area which is increasingly culturally diverse and we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the student and staff body. Our RS, philosophy and ethics, assemblies and humanities teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.
Within the wider curriculum and its delivery, we expect all students irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or beliefs:
- To participate in PE lessons – for GCSE, there is mixed gender teaching
- PE lessons in Years 7- 11 are taught in both single sex and mixed classes
- All students in all years can be taught by male or female PE teachers
- All students are expected to take part in PE, art, music and drama lessons
- Students will be taught in mixed gender groups in all subjects
- To participate in wider activities and discussions, for example, during tutor time, that uphold British values
- To show tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, including Christianity.
Radicalisation and extremism
The academy believes 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 PREVENT strategy (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism).
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 fundamental British values.
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
Any concerns must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Officer, Tim Marston, who will make a referral using the “Channel” referral form.
A cross-curricular approach
We deliver a cross curricular approach to the delivery of SMSC, including British Values:
- Via current affairs –The Class Debate session once a week centred on a topic in the news, such as ‘Should we arm the Police?’ or ‘Religion does more harm than good. Agree or disagree?’
- Via student leadership – actively participating in Student Voice, Sports Council or active leadership programmes, such as Reader leaders and Sports leaders
- Via Religious studies – Exploring beliefs and values of all faiths and including multicultural celebrations
- In subjects where we map how other subjects deliver knowledge and understanding of key concepts that link to