It has been a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively since September 2014, and to ensure that these values are taught in all schools. At Walton Hall Academy we take our commitment to this duty extremely seriously because we recognise that many of our students could be particularly vulnerable to external influences.
We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom and our role in supporting our students to take their place in this society and especially their local community.
We understand the vital role that our academy has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the academy are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, to influence our students.
We follow equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Walton Hall Academy is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, accredited curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all of our students.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 PREVENT Strategy. The five key British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These key values are taught implicitly and explicitly throughout the curriculum and examples of how we do that are cited in our British Values Policy.