The DfE 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 set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated with a statutory Prevent Duty placed from 1st July 2015
British values are defined within the duty as including:
At Mode we believe the wide range of curriculum and enhancement opportunities we provide across programmes ensure our students are equipped to be active citizens in modern day Britain.
Students have their voices heard through Mode questionnaires, surveys and suggestion boxes around the centre. Student representatives at Mode attend workshops and staff meetings to share their views and put forward ideas for improvement. The representatives are nominated and voted for by their peers. Students are encouraged to speak openly about the impact of local and general elections on them. At Mode we promote a safe controlled environment where students have the confidence to express their opinions and beliefs.
During induction students set out class rules which they feel will support active learning in class. All students participate in the writing of the rules. The importance of laws, including wider rules and regulations are embedded into our curriculum. As part of their enhancement activities anti social behaviour is discussed and the need for laws.
Employment law and health and safety laws feature in depth across the entire curriculum.
Students are actively encouraged to make good life choices. Importantly, our broad curriculum includes embedding consequence of actions into learning. All students are given advice, guidance and career choices. Guest speakers are invited to the centre from all backgrounds to speak to students around the importance of making well informed choices. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and how to exercise these safely e.g. through our e safety CEOP sessions.
Mode students are given the skills to present themselves well to others preparing them for the working world. Good working relationships and mutual respect for each other is key to ensuring their learning experience is effective. The ethos of respecting one another regardless of difference is taught within our equality and diversity sessions. One session focusses on stereotyping as a powerful reminder of how judgmental we can be, particularly with our first impressions.
Mode promotes diversity through the celebrating different faiths and cultures. We have a room set aside which can be used as a prayer room; guest speakers attend the centre to speak to students about the multicultural society we live in. A display has now been created celebrating the faiths and cultures of well known figures, do you know short sessions have been developed to give students an insight in to all faiths and beliefs.