The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values are regularly reinforced at IQRA Academy through our school ethos of; Improvement, Quality, Respect and Achievement.
- Children at IQRA Academy have an opportunity for their voices to be heard through our elected school council. The school council meets regularly with our learning leader and have an active role in making changes and contributions to school life. In upper KS2 children learn more about democracy and how the law works in Britain in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.
- Opportunities are taken to hold mock elections to develop pupils understanding of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
Rule of Law
- Children at IQRA Academy are taught the importance of laws whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country. These are consistently reinforced as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. 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.
- In upper KS2 Children learn how the rule of law may be different to that in other countries and the importance of respect laws universally.
- Children at Iqra Academy are actively encouraged to make their own choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Learners understand their individual rights and freedoms through a range of curriculum activities, for example through e-safety lessons, PHSE, circle time and after school clubs.
- At IQRA we protect pupils from radicalisation by responding swiftly where pupils are vulnerable to these issues. High quality training has developed staffs’ vigilance, confidence and competency to challenge pupils’ views and debate.
Respect and Tolerance of those with different religions or beliefs
- Children at IQRA Academy are actively encouraged to have respect and tolerance towards all religions, beliefs and differences. All members of the school community treat themselves, their peers and adults with respect. Religious and commemorative celebrations are held in positive regard and are acknowledged in class and assemblies throughout the year. We promote diversity through a range of activities including: visits from faith leaders, culture week and visits to places of worship.