Prevent and British Values
The Department for Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all providers of education to promote fundamental British values.”
The Government clarified its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy in 2011, these values have been reiterated with a statutory Prevent Duty incumbent upon Providers of education from the 1st of July 2015.
British values have been defined within the Prevent Duty as including:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs
With these values in mind, at Gateway Education we aim to:
- Support learners to become valuable and positive members of society who treat all people, regardless of background with respect and tolerance.
- Promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.
- Respect and tolerance for those of different beliefs and faiths.
- Celebrate difference and promote diversity across all our activities and throughout our supply chain and the Primes we work with.
- Encourage an understanding of the difficulties other cultures face where such values are not respected.
We are taking action to:
- Ensure all curriculum materials include information on democracy and how the law works.
- Demonstrate how democracy works to all of our learners and to provide them with an understanding of how to get their opinions heard through our Learner Voice programs.
- Use things like the general elections, political debates etc. to promote British values and support learners on techniques of how to debate and defend varying points of view.
- Gain feedback on policies that affect learners under our care by consulting with leaner representatives.
- Encourage learners to take an active role in their learning and development and to take responsibility for their education.
- Provide career development training and opportunities to staff.