Within the Tas Valley Federation, we promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We have developed a strong school ethos, founded in Christian values, which is supported by positive relationships throughout the school.
We are passionate about the provision of relevant activities in a range of contexts: school based, within the local community, and further afield. Due to our local demographic, we recognise that appropriate measures must be taken for our pupils to attain the highest levels of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
We challenge opinions or behaviours that are against fundamental British values.
Through the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision at Tas Valley Federation, we:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish between right and wrong, and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and wider society;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, public institutions and services in England;
- promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions, by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own cultural traditions and those of other people;
- encourage respect for democracy and participation in democratic processes;
- encourage respect for other people, including respect for the basis upon which the law is made and applied in England.
We passionately believe that all members of the school community should develop and display positive attitudes toward the fundamental British values. The raised profile and enhanced curriculum provision, centred on the fundamental British values, will support the development of the following key areas of knowledge and understanding. Through the school’s ethos and carefully structured curriculum provision, children will develop:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens, and is essential for their well-being and safety;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.