At Hillcrest we provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of the cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain.
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 and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Hillcrest School and Community College these values are reinforced regularly and in a variety of ways, through our behaviour for learning and behaviour for life policies and throughout the curriculum. The pupils at Hillcrest develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to, life in ‘modern Britain.' Immersing our pupils within these British values helps protect them against radicalisation and extremism.
Through our PSCHE curriculum, theme of the week and enrichment days our pupils learn to apply these fundamental British Values to everyday life, creating better more cohesive citizens for our local area.
The following are just a few examples of how we here at Hillcrest promote British Values across the school:
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
At Hillcrest we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Radicalisation, what is it?
‘Radicalisation is the action or process of causing someone to adopt extreme positions on political or social issues’
Radicalisation happens when a person’s thinking and behaviour become significantly different from most in society. At Hillcrest we explore the latest events, discuss issues that might affect our pupils and ensure they are fully prepared to deal with radicalisation in all forms.
What we do?
The best way to deal with the problem of radicalisation is to maintain open communication. At Hillcrest we provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with radicalisation and terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist views. We do this in form time, theme of the week, PSCHE and across the curriculum if you have any concerns just SPEAK UP.
All staff are trained in safeguarding and undertake the Government’s ‘Prevent Training’ to ensure they are skilled to identified potential issues early.
Pupils in every year group are taught the dangers of radicalisation. Throughout the PSCHE curriculum each year group completes a scheme of work based on British Values and preventing radicalisation. The year 8 and year 10 pupils also have a radicalisation workshop to ensure the pupils understand how to remain safe in today’s sometimes turbulent climate.
As part of our pastoral intervention program’s we run a ‘Building tolerance and developing respect’ workshop. This is a 6 week programme for our pupils identified as ‘at risk’ of radicalisation, focusing on the fundamental British Values and providing our pupils with the tools to resist radicalisation.
What should you do if you’re concerned about someone?
You need to speak up. Talk to a member of staff, explain your concerns and play your role in preventing radicalisation. You have a safe environment, at Hillcrest, to discuss these concerns with any staff member or the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school Mrs R Jones.
One of the most common methods of radicalising young people is through the internet and social media, ensure your child has their privacy settings on social media to the highest level and monitor their internet usage. Feel free to contact the school for support on the matter, we are always there to support our pupils and their families.
British Values help prevent radicalisation
At Hillcrest we teach the fundamental British values to build tolerance and respect across our community.