There is a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values. These values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs underpin and are inherent in the school’s ethos, curriculum and key aims which are to ensure all members of the school community:
- Acquire the knowledge and skills for now and for a fulfilling future
- Develop confidence in themselves and their abilities
- Feel valued and value others
- Work together effectively and with enthusiasm
- Create an innovative learning environment
- Appreciate the world at large
The curriculum, extra-curricular provision and assembly programme are informed by fundamental British Values set out by the Department for Education. The examples below show some of the ways in which the School promotes these values:
The Ecclesbourne School promotes democracy through the open and fair election process for students to adopt positions of authority within school, for example, Prefects and Co-Head Boys and Girls, House Captains, Student Council Representatives. The School Council allows students to have their say on systems within school at meetings with Heads of Year and members of SLT. Student representatives sit on the Governors’ Facilities Committee and Students & Curriculum Committee. They are also involved in Youth Council, in which students are democratically elected to represent the school at Derbyshire County Council’s Youth Council meetings in Matlock.
The Sixth Form Debating Society is hugely popular with monthly debates drawing large audiences in the New Theatre and an annual House Debating Final for which the curriculum is suspended. Debating encourages students to understand the value of adversarial interrogation of ideas and issues and teaches them to understand the need for tolerance of alternative views on issues in the democratic process.
In the curriculum, the principles of British democracy are studied in weekly Personal Development & Citizenship (PDC) lessons from 11—18. The School has established links with local MPs Pauline Latham and Patrick Mclaughlin through visits to school talking to Sixth Form students and more recently Year 9, to discuss the work done by MPs and the importance of democracy. The Sixth Form curriculum includes an A Level in Government & Politics. The KS3 History curriculum teaches students about the development of British democracy including the fundamental rights enshrined in Magna Carta and the development of parliamentary sovereignty through events including the English Civil War, Glorious Revolution, First and Second Reform Acts and the extension of the suffrage.
Visit from Caroline Lucas MP
The Rule of the Law