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‘Prevent’ at Highfield School: October 2015
Highfield School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from other safeguarding.
At Highfeld, all staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The Prevent statement links to the following policies:
- Child Protection and Safeguarding
- Anti-bullying policy
- Positive Behaviour policy
Aims and principles
The main aims of this statement are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.
The principle objectives are that:
- All staff, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to be vigilant in school.
- All staff teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will know what the school policy is on anti-radicalisation and extremism and will follow the policy when issues arise.
- All parents and pupils will know that the school has policies in place to keep pupils safe from harm and that the school regularly reviews its systems to ensure they are appropriate and effective.
Definitions and indicators
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.
Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views
Procedures for referral
Although serious incidents involving radicalisation have not occurred Priory Lodge to date, it is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about the issues which affect the region in which we teach. Staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to refer any concerns through the appropriate channels (via Designated Safeguarding Officer).
The role of the curriculum
Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others.
Our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education ), Citizenship and SMSC ( Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural ) provision is embedded across the curriculum, and underpins the ethos of the school.
It is recognised that children with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.
Children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the Internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the Internet.
Through INSET opportunities in school, we will ensure that our staff are fully aware of the threats, risks and vulnerabilities that are linked to radicalisation; are aware of the process
of radicalisation and how this might be identified early on.
The Prevent statement will be reviewed as necessary.
‘Britishness’ at Highfield School: October 2015
There has been much media interest recently over the concept of Britishness in our schools, being highlighted in a statement from the Prime Minister.
School Leaders have written a statement on how British Values are reflected at Highfeld School.
The values of Democracy are reflected in our school ethos where each member of our community is involved in school development and well informed of what is happening in a busy environment.
The School Council consists of a pupil from each class, ech class having an election process. They have undertaken activities such as:
- taking part in interviewing for new teachers
- conducting learning walks to find out what learning is taking place in classrooms
- choosing the focus charity of the year and planning fundraising activities
The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. The school emphasises the importance of self-discipline and pupils are extremely well behaved and focused in lessons. Throughout the school, pupils’ excellent attitudes to learning contribute a great deal to their academic progress and personal development. Ofsted 2014
Pupils say that they feel very safe in school and always have someone they can ask if they need reassurance. Ofsted 2014
The rule of law
The Importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in our expectations throughout every school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they 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 etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
When they leave school, students all go on to placements that have been carefully chosen to reflect their needs and interests, which in most cases means moving on to further education. Ofsted 2014
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Our PSHE Policy underpins and supports this decision making and enables children to make the right choices. It also gives them the vocabulary to enter into a dialogue with others in their decision making. Some pupils need communication aids in order that they are able to make choices.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety and PSHE lessons.
At Highfield School we pride ourselves on our positive relationships. We treat each other with mutual respect and work in a climate where openness, trust and inclusion lay the foundations for their future life.
Diversity is a natural part of our school community, and is celebrated in various ways including Head Teacher certificates for achievement, merits in Upper School for hard work and effort as well as end of year achievement medals.
Governors have a clear understanding of how the school promotes tolerance and, in so doing, prepares pupils for life in modern Britain. Ofsted 2014
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice–‐based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE And PSHE.