Alwoodley Primary School are proud to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious EQualiites Award in recognition of their work to promote equality throughout the school. The EQualities Award is a national scheme aimed at all schools who want to demonstrate their commitment to equality of opportunity and raise outcomes for all learners regardless of gender, disability, faith and ethnicity, sexual identity and socio-economic disadvantage. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a core feature of the audit, which also focuses on safeguarding, bullying and the promotion of fundamental British values.
Equality and Diversity and Alwoodley
At Alwoodley we believe that every child has the right to equality of outcome and to achieve their full potential. In order to achieve equity we embrace the principles of fairness, social justice, inclusion, global citizenship and community cohesion. We welcome our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. Our Equality Policy and Scheme follows local authority recommendations.
At Alwoodley we believe that positive actions are fundamental in ensuring all stakeholders in our school have equal chance to achieve, participate and fulfil their roles in school and the wider community. Equality for all helps us to develop a sense of identity, social justice and to be successful as individuals, as a school and as a community.
We understand equity to mean treating everyone fairly and with dignity and by valuing their individual characteristics such as age, disability, gender identity, race, sex, religion, belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances or any other visible or non-visible difference.
We further understand that people have different needs, situations and goals and some people may experience additional barriers and challenges. Therefore achieving equality of outcome requires the removal of discriminatory barriers, and the recognition that the allocation and distribution of resources cannot always be distributed equally if we are to live up to our commitment to everyone being able to achieve their full potential whilst at Alwoodley Primary School.
British Values at Alwoodley
The promotion of British values is not something new to our curriculum at Alwoodley. Such values are at the core of all we do whether it be through our assemblies, our RE curriculum, our personal, social, health and citizenship lessons or through other areas of the curriculum. The term British values can be somewhat misleading as these values are integral to so many countries across the world.
Below are some examples of how British values are promoted in our school curriculum:
Being Part of Britain
Our curriculum reflects, celebrates and teaches children about diversity. For example, in RE children learn about the four main religions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism and non-religious approaches e.g. Humanism. Within R.E. lessons the children explore these faiths and we discuss others to look for any similarities and differences. They compare and contrast marriage customs and naming ceremony customs, for example, and have opportunities to visit different places of worship.
Throughout the year we celebrate being part of Britain. In general terms this means we celebrate events such as Christmas, Harvest, Mothering Sunday, Remembrance Day. We have a trip to the theatre at Christmas and an opportunity to see a pantomime. In addition, we take part in key British events such as the Olympics and Para Olympics Sept 2016, the Queen’s 90th birthday April 2016 and Cycling the Grand Depart in 2014. For such events we hold parades, tea parties, concerts and do additional curriculum classroom work about how such events relate to being British. Each year we do traditional Maypole dancing and promote traditional playground games.
In Geography children learn about Haworth and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales comparing it with their own locality. They also learn about Britain's place in Europe as well as other aspects of its rich heritage.
In History children learn about key British figures such as Guy Fawkes, George Stevenson, and William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth 1, Henry V111, Queen Victoria, Dr Barnardo, Sir Winston Churchill and Mary Seacole. One of our themes in History is a study of childhood in different historical periods and how key historical events have impacted on British lives today (The Factories and Education Acts in our Victorian topic, The Tudors for example).
The annual election and work of our school council reflects British democracy. Our school council is very proactive in having its voice heard. Recent school council activities have included improving indoor playtimes by buying new games, gaining funding from the Friends of Alwoodley to buy new, fun bins for areas of the playground where there was more litter and evaluating the merits of paper hand towels and hand driers in the toilets.
In addition, the school organises charity work throughout the year. This includes fun days such as dressing in pyjamas for Children In Need as well as our support of the local foodbank and local pensioner groups. This fostering of a commitment to charities is another way in which we teach a sense of Britishness.
Our local MP Fabian Hamilton, The Lord Mayor and local councillors are frequent visitors to the school, speaking to the school council, talking to Year groups and attending assemblies.
Rules and Laws
Children are taught the importance of rules and laws and how the ones in school reflect those in our country. Children are taught the reasons behind rules and that they are there to keep us safe and happy. Each class has its own code of conduct and positive behaviour reinforcements are operated throughout the school. Visits from authority figures in society such as the fire brigade, the local community police officers, doctors, dentists, nurses, MPs and governors demonstrate to children how rules and laws are an integral part of a safe and happy Britain.
Alongside rules and laws we promote freedom of choice and the right to respectfully express our views and beliefs as an integral part of what it is to be British. Children may choose to take part in our very wide range of extra-curricular activities. They have a very broad choice of lunchtime play areas and activities. They are involved in their own learning and respond to their learning by feedback systems and self-review of marking. They are taught how to use their choices and freedoms safely though our curriculum in areas such as e-safety, anti-bullying, sex and relationship education and drugs awareness education.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Alwoodley is a wonderfully culturally diverse school with a highly regarded inclusive ethos and practice. We are a microcosm of British society and we celebrate this. Our children are taught and know how to show respect to everyone no matter what our differences may be. We celebrate this diversity in our curriculum. Examples include our celebrations of different religious festivals throughout the year, the participation of all our children, including those with disability, in all our curriculum activities and the regular staff training we undertake to ensure this inclusive practice remains outstanding.
Behaviours which are contrary to these British values are actively challenged, whether they come from children, parents or staff. Such instances are extremely rare in school and we are proud of the reputation we have in our local community.
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism at Alwoodley
The Prevent strategy
Information for Parents and Carers
What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
• Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
• Challenging prejudices and racist comments
• Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
• Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, and by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils (safeguarding procedures). Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.
British values include:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty and mutual respect
• Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
• Mutual respect
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. We will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. We aim to give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Ideology – a set of beliefs
Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism
Where do I go for more information?
Please contact school if you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child. You will find more details about radicalisation in our Child Protection, available on our website.
External sources of information
The following sources may also be useful for further information:
Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government
Frequently asked questions: Prevent For Schools
What is Prevent?
Let’s Talk About It http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development at Alwoodley
At Alwoodley, we develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs of our children through all areas of the curriculum. Please visit the curriculum pages on our website for some examples of how we do this.
Leeds Child Friendly City Link:
UNICEF Goals Link