At Broadfield Specialist School we are committed to promoting British Values and these are embedded throughout all aspects of school life. We provide a relevant and purposeful broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum. We place significant emphasis on PSHCE to support the development of well-rounded and responsible citizens in preparation for life in our diverse society. We recognise that such development is more successful when these values, attitudes and behaviours are promoted and modelled by all members of our school community
British Values are identified as:
The ability to understand and communicate is the most important area of learning. We ensure that students are given a ‘voice’ to communicate. This ‘voice’ could be using words, symbols, signing, body language or objects. Our students are encouraged to make choices. By valuing each voice in our community and by listening and responding, we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty. All our staff make time to hear our students’ voices and our student elected school council and prefects meet regularly.
Students are encouraged to become good and valued citizens. We create opportunities for students to become independent learners. Through our daily practice, staff demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to agree or disagree with opinions or ideas. Students can take responsibility and learn to understand that with certain rights, comes a level of respect and responsibility. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand ourselves. We create a helpful, caring and supportive environment which encourages independent thinking and nurtures self-esteem within our young people.
Rule of Law
Students are involved in developing fair and transparent codes of conduct, helping others make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and indeed the local/global society. Students are taught to self-manage and take responsibility for their actions, both individually and as a group. Staff provide a consistent approach which helps students understand the connection between actions and consequences. As a result, Broadfield Specialist School is a safe and secure environment which promotes positive relationships and healthy self-esteem. Additionally, our students are actively involved in charity work and providing support and services to others.
Respect is considered to be paramount within Broadfield Specialist School. Staff promote and demonstrate respect by the consistent appreciation they have for each other. Within school, all students are encouraged to engage in positive interactions with a range of different people, including working with students from other schools, inclusion links, work experience, specialist teachers etc. The wide range of accessible activities encourages pupil participation, so that they understand and respect others’ performance. This includes the local and global community, which Broadfield Specialist School is very proud to be a part of.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We are part of a school and local community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith or race. Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum. We place great emphasis on providing encounters and participation in events and celebrations to broaden all students’ experiences and awareness of others. Our assemblies help students find out about themselves and others linking their lives to the communities in which they belong. Our PSHCE and global learning programmes are highly tailored to promote independent thinking which helps students to become more tolerant of others’ views. The importance of teamwork is modelled each and every day by our staff to extend our students’ understanding of equality and collaboration. Students visit other communities, including places of worship, throughout the year giving them a rich understanding and experience Staff ensure that ‘difference’ does not become a barrier to learning by taking a fully inclusive approach to all that the school provides. All staff have a duty of care to actively protect and promote the welfare of our students. Broadfield Specialist School provides a happy, stimulating environment for its students that enable them to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.