Norbury High School for Girls

British Values at Norbury High

British values are central to our school ethos and are promoted not only through the curriculum and its content but also through every aspect of school life. We understand the vital role we must play in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school community are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly or illegally influence them.

The government has defined core values as being:

  • Democracy
  • Individual liberty 
  • The rule of law 
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith

We believe it is the duty of every member of staff to support and promote these fundamental values. This duty also falls under the current DfE Teachers' Standards (Part Two: Personal and professional conduct).

Democracy

In school, we promote the importance of democracy through:

  • The activity of the student executive team (SET), including students voting for their form representatives and form captains
  • Student Voice across all year groups
  • Students voting for their choice of house names when the house system was introduced in 2021
  • Students deciding on the charities they wish to support
  • Citizenship lessons which develop students’ understanding of the democratic process
  • Utilising a restorative justice approach to disputes across the school
  • Encouraging students to use their voice across the curriculum through collaborative working, responses to teacher feedback in books, careful questioning by staff, the work they produce and classroom dialogue

Individual Liberty

In school, we promote the importance of individual liberty through:

  • Focused tutor time activities that encourage discussion
  • Providing students with safe boundaries within which to make informed choices, e.g. the promotion of Internet use alongside e-safety advice
  • Providing a range of extracurricular activities and clubs, including extended studies
  • Supporting year 10 students to voice their opinions through the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge
  • Empowering students to make informed choices about the course they will study at Key Stage 4 – Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Pathway interviews
  • Providing a range of menu choices in the school canteen within healthy options
  • Rule of Law

In school, we promote the importance of the rule of law through:

  • Reinforcing classroom and school rules 
  • Visits from our safer schools police team to support students’ understanding of the law 
  • Citizenship and PSHE lessons which address rights and responsibilities as well as key areas of the law students need to understand
  • Our assembly themes which include the difference between right and wrong, friendships, religious festivals, historical events, people; we also educate our students about people with different faiths and beliefs
  • Accountability and responsibility at all levels which is stressed to all stakeholders including staff, students and governors
  • Close liaison with outside agencies including social services and the police
  • Our Internet acceptable use policy and e-safety events which are used to promote correct and safe use of the Internet
  • PSHE addressing issues such as consent, drug abuse and alcohol awareness
  • Our behaviour and anti-bullying policy
  • Our safeguarding policy

Mutual Respect

In school, we promote the importance of mutual respect through:

  • A curriculum which helps students to learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs and so develops students’ ability to make informed decisions, be confident in their own identity and understand and respect those of others
  • Assemblies which reinforce our core values 
  • Form-time activities and our PSHE units on ‘Celebrating Difference’
  • Holding a minute’s silence on Armistice Day
  • Behaviour for learning - active listening, positive speaking and presentation are taught throughout the school 

Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs 

At Norbury High we do not believe that a diversity of faiths and beliefs is just something to be tolerated; rather, we see it as something that should be celebrated. We are emboldened and strengthened by our diversity.

We promote the importance of learning and working together with those who have different faiths and beliefs through:

  • A curriculum which helps students learn about a wide range of people, cultures and beliefs; this develops their abilities to make informed decisions and to form and have confidence in their own identities, as well as understanding and respecting those of others
  • Our international dress day where we celebrate our different cultural traditions 
  • Our Religious Studies (RS) lessons where students learn about different religions and visit different places of worship such as St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Our assemblies which celebrate and draw inspiration from festivals and the teachings of a range of different faiths 
  • Our history programme via which students experience an annual holocaust assembly and hear talks from, for example, the families of concentration camp survivors 
  • Our celebration of black experience event
  • A zero-tolerance policy towards bullying with a range of strategies to deal with any issues
  • Our tutor group names which spell out EQUALITY and reflect our values
  • Our church service at Christmas which is attended by staff and students of many different faiths
  • The lessons in our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education unit, ‘Being me in my world’