Fundamental British Values
Fundamental British Values
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Dover Grammar School for Girls is committed to providing an inclusive and accepting learning environment for all students in our community. We recognise the vital role Fundamental British Values have in underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain valuing our community and celebrating a society, where individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute for the good of themselves and others. As a school we believe this is central and plan to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our students across the school and our DGGS Character Values aim to underpin these belief across the whole school.
Through our PSHE education in Key Stages 3 and 4 and the VESPA personal development programme in Key Stage 5 we help students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong; accept responsibility for their behaviour; show initiative and contribute positively to our wider society; acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, English public institutions and services and to appreciate and respect their own and other cultures.
The principle of democracy is reinforced at Dover Grammar School for Girls, with democratic processes being used for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for Head Prefects and House Captain positions, Form and Sport Captains and Student Council members. The principle of democracy is also explored in lessons as well as in form time and assemblies.
The rule of law
At Dover Grammar School for Girls students follow the rules and expectations of the school and are taught the value and the reasons behind laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service reinforce this message.
Our students are encouraged to value not only the freedoms which they are given both in school but also outside school. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through online-safety and Form Time work.
Dover Grammar School for Girls has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour for Learning Policy which aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for learning.
Students are also encouraged to engage actively with issues outside school, lending their influence where they can. The school has many student-led clubs and groups, including LGBTQ groups, an Active Amnesty Group which all aim to celebrate individuality and the rights this brings.
Mutual Respect is one of our key DGGS Character Values which were chosen by staff and students to represent our school values. We strive to create a community where all members of the school treat each other with respect, and compassion.
Dover Grammar School for Girls follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. We are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British Values to all our students.
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for students to express their views in a safe environment. As a school we aim to ensure all students and staff are respected and valued.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our students are equipped with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school and celebrate festivities throughout the calendar year. The Religious Studies curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to KS4 and can continue into KS5, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.