The Knights Templar School

The Knights Templar School

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British Values at KTS

A statement in support of British Values

The knights Templar School is committed to serving its community.  It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.  It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the Academy are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

The school accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. There will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.  It seeks to serve all.

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 ‘Prevent Strategy’ – values of:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The promotion of British Values

The school uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to promote British Values for our students. Here are some examples of when British values are shared:

What we do

Examples

We provide opportunities for students to be reflective about their own beliefs and perspectives on life, and the extent to which they are the same as and different to others’ faith, feelings and values

  • RE is delivered at key stages 3 & 4
  • PSHE is part of the curriculum for all students.
  • Our assemblies uphold traditional values of empathy, respect and tolerance and these are reflected in our school motto of ‘Courage and Courtesy’.
  • Local religious leaders are invited to take assemblies as does the local PCSO and members of the British Legion. All of whom reinforce these traditional values.
  • The school holds an annual Carol Service at the local Church.
  • The school comes together on Armistice day (November 11th)
  • History, through examining the link between conflicts and religion
  • English, for example through poetry

We encourage students to show an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and appreciate the viewpoints of others.

  • RE
  • PSHE
  • English
  • History
  • Geography  
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • Charity fund raising (eg McMillan Coffee morning)
  • Theatre productions

We encourage students to have a sense of enjoyment and a fascination for learning about the world around them

  • International trips and expeditions
  • Theatre visits
  • Excellent links with a range of Universities to encourage students to have high aspirations and a desire to continue learning beyond school
  • Our ‘Engaging Minds’ programme
  • Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
  • Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance programme

We ensure that students know the difference between right and wrong and understand that actions have consequences so that they respect the rule of law

  • Behaviour Policy
  • Rewards, including: rewards trips in the Summer Term
  • Celebrating success through assemblies and our annual Commemoration Evening
  • Excellent links with the PCSO History lessons
  • PSHE lessons
  • PE lessons, including developing the skill of officiating.

We celebrate diversity and develop the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • RE lessons
  • PSHE lessons
  • A range of assemblies celebrating the major faiths

We encourage students to engage positively with a life of democracy

  • Elections for the Head Boy/Girl
  • Mock elections (at time of general election)
  • Assemblies recognising the move towards democracy happening around the world
  • History lessons
  • Student stakeholder surveys
  • Elections to decide which charities to support
  • Visits from our local MP (Sir Oliver Heald QC MP) and local Councillor
  • Assembly programme