It recognises the multicultural, 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 school are not subject to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Riverdale School is dedicated to preparing pupils for their adult life in modern Britain beyond the formal examined curriculum serving the whole community and ensuring that it actively promotes and reinforces British values to all its pupils. The government emphasises that schools have a duty to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.
The government sets out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The four British Values are:
The rule of law.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
The rule of law
Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised on how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety and keeping safe sessions.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum by providing the opportunity for pupils to express their views in a safe environment, with the school’s aim to ‘develop personal responsibility and respect’.
Tolerance is achieved through equipping pupils with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving the opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Our RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. The syllabus helps pupils to have a broader understanding of the spiritual, moral and sociological issues and encourages them to think about their own spiritual development.