The Counter Terrorism and Security Act and the Prevent Duty 2015 places a legal duty on public bodies including schools
“to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”
The government set out its expectations of schools teach a broad and balanced curriculum, promote British values, assess the risk of pupils being drawn into terrorism, protect children from terrorist and extremist material at school and ensure robust safeguarding policies are in place.
At Rokesly Infant and Nursery School fundamental British values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
At Rokesly Infants, all pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil Surveys. Elections for School Council representatives take place every year in each class. Children are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children feel safe to disagree with each other.
The Rule of Law
The importance of rules that keep us safe and ensure we have the best environment for learning, in the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced through our positive behaviour policy. Children learn about rules that are fair and equal through school assemblies and the PSHE curriculum. Pupils 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; Fire Service; etc. help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils 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 young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils 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 PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge in lessons or through participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Children are actively involved with contributing to the wider community as volunteers, through collecting for charities and making contributions to our Food Bank Scheme.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Our RE Curriculum and special assembly calendar can be found here