South Shields School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi- cultural, multi-faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom. We are resolute in the combined action of ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly or illegally influence them.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of race, religion, gender including transgender, sexuality, age, political or financial status. We are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the school and we recognize the importance of our advisory sessions, informal curriculum as well as formal curriculum in order to use every opportunity to actively promote and reinforce British Values to all students.
The Government requires that key British values are taught in schools.
The five British values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The examples that follow show some of the many ways that South Shields School seeks to embed British values.
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at school, with democratic process being used in important decisions within the school community. For example each year we take part in at least one referendum. The election of Head Boy and head Girl simulates a political vote and includes debate, hustings and canvassing. Student assemblies develop ideas around democracy and an understanding of political parties. The principle of democracy is also explored in history and through personal development lessons as well as in advisory time. In Personal Development students complete a whole unit of work in key stage three.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at South Shields School.
Students are taught the rules and expectations of the school. They are taught the value and the reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. In personal development lessons students examine rights and responsibilities, drugs and alcohol, online safety, cyberbullying and hate crimes. In addition, during advisory time and assembly students examine road and fire safety and visiting speakers develop this further. Visits from authorities such as the Police and the Fire Brigade reinforce these messages.
At South Shields School students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment.
Staff educate students to make informed choices and through a safe environment and an empowering education they provide them with boundaries within which they can make these choices.
Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to do so safely, for example through online safety and Citizenship and personal development lessons. In addition to this our students are encouraged to try something new and exercise their freedom through experiences and trips beyond their curriculum. The co-curriculum provides students with a wide range of opportunities to try new experiences they may not have otherwise been involved in. The inclusive ethos of student voice encourages students to be part of working for change and improvement and it works closely with the Directors and Senior Leadership Team. There are thriving community links which provide opportunity for students to contribute to society as well as engaging with partners in learning to enhance their cultural awareness. South Shields School are proud to hold the Diana Award for their anti-bullying strategy.
Respect is a strong part of Team South Shields and is built upon our mission statement and key ‘No Islands’ value which manifests itself in striving to ensure that no one within the organization or in society beyond feels alienated in any way. We insist as a community that everyone is treated with respect at all times. Students work towards Passport to Success which celebrates the importance of developing holistically and valuing skills and attributes that are essential to a successful society as well as academic progress and attendance. The school celebrates diversity formally during our Diversity Days where students focus on understanding different cultures, expectations and beliefs. During advisory time students focus on modules that explore self, others and the community and tolerance. Our students can become school buddies and emotional resilience coaches as well as anti-bullying ambassadors. All positions focus on supporting one another and respecting the needs of others. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment. In addition the cornerstone of our Colleges is that of healthy competition seated in mutual respect for individuals within Colleges. We recognize that the ethos of individual Colleges may differ but all are bound by the schools central mission and values and we celebrate diversity through the College structure.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by providing opportunities to experience such diversity within the school for example during Diversity Days. The advisory time programme, Personal Development lessons and assemblies programme support a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.
South Shields School strives endlessly to ensure that our students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a significant contribution to our society.