Our promotion of Fundamental British values
The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were reinforced in September 2014 due to recent events. These new regulations will sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of education establishments.
All will be expected to focus on, and be able to show, how our work with learners is effective in embedding fundamental British values.
Promoting Fundamental British values at The Vocational College (TVC)
We agree with the Department for Education’s four-part definition of British values:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At The Vocational College our learners will encounter these principles throughout everyday life. In particular, our promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding has been described by Ofsted as being, “Apprentices and learners have a very good awareness of their rights and responsibilities at work, of safe working practices and safeguarding”.
The learner’s individual curriculum is mapped in detail and embeds all five parts. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our centre:
The curriculum is mapped in detail across the whole College. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in The Vocational College community:
Learner voice is significant in regards to life at The Vocational College. Our learners play a strong role in our College daily running. They and involved in making The Vocational College a better place to learn. Learners have a great amount of input in regards to what and how they learn, which promotes learners voice. For example, the learners decide as a class how they would like to learn certain skills in subjects and this is used to inform the teacher’s planning.
Learner questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the leaner voice is an active participation of our learners and will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
The Rule of Law
Our learners will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our learners to understand that whether these laws govern the class, The Vocational College, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through our curriculum. The involvement of our learners in the creation of The Vocational College rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. Through philosophical enquiry in our philosophy for learning lessons, we allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that learners can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our learners.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our College, so that learners are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks are often left for the learners to decide upon. We encourage learners to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. Through our E-Safety, philosophy for learning and Safer Internet Day sessions, we educate learners on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At The Vocational College we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily College life will foster a value for individual liberty as the learners embark upon their adult lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of our College life. Learners learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the College and in the classrooms. Our College motto is “Success Through Endeavour” and this partnership is seen throughout the various relationships between learners and staff.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At The Vocational College we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. At the College we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily College life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help learners to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.
Recent projects related to British values:
Visits to places of different faith worship
Visit to Krakow