At Outwood Academy Bydales we aim to maximise every opportunity to promote British Values in everything we do for all of our students, regardless of their background. Our focus on social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues in lessons is key to the success of ensuring that across the curriculum Britishness is encouraged and our students develop a deep understanding of the country they live in.
Student Voice ensures that our students exercise their democratic rights and feel part of big decisions within the Academy. All Vertical Mentor Groups have a president that is voted for and elected as a key link to the student voice ambassadors. By ensuring that behaviour expectations are clear within the Consequences system, we aim to ensure that all students respect and uphold the rules and can see the difference between right and wrong.
Students at the Academy are given the opportunity and freedom to be individual in their studies; Learning Pathway Planning Days help our students express individual liberty and we believe that by allowing students to engage in subjects of their choosing with our Information, Advice and Guidance, outcomes will be improved. The freedom to be individual in their studies gives our students ownership of their future and helps them reflect on their behaviour in society.
Outwood Academy Bydales actively promotes the tolerance of different faiths and beliefs whilst challenging those who express opinions that conflict with British Values.
Radicalisation and Extremism
The Academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Our approach to this is in line with the Government’s CONTEST (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism) strategies.
Radicalisation is defined as “a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social or religious ideals and aspirations that (1) reject or undermine the status quo or (2) reject and /or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.”
Extremism is defined as “Vocal, or active opposition to fundamental British Values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”
Our 100% commitment to safeguarding student welfare means we are vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation including:
We are committed to educating students with regards to their engagement and acceptance with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We aim to support our students in developing and demonstrating skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Educate Against Hate
Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Parents can find information to aid understanding the issues and protect their children via the website: educateagainsthate.com
Extract: We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.
Protecting your children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with, such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation.