British Values & SMSC
Kingsmead’s RESPECT values reflect fundamental British Values. RESPECT promotes a clear set of values which ensure that Pupils develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility both at school and in their community. These values are embedded in every interaction with our pupils; through our pastoral structure, key worker meetings and embedded within our curriculum offer.
We also take opportunities to promote the areas currently identified as British values (individual liberty, democracy, the law, mutual respect and tolerance).
Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard, and suggestions implemented, through representation on our Pupil council and regular pupil voice activities. The Pupil council have been pivotal in a number of improvements at Kingsmead including the introduction of uniform and development of key policies such as Behaviour and Rewards.
The rule of law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether those that govern teaching classes, or in the UK, are reinforced throughout the school day. Out approach to pupils is very much informed by need but rules and routine are part of school life and society. Pupils are supported to meet these expectations and take responsibility for their actions
Pupils are actively encouraged to make good choices at school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand, and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through ICT (online safety), religious education and Personal Development/PHSE lessons.
Our ethos is centred around RESPECT. Respect for all stakeholders within and without the school community. We not only expect mutual respect between Pupils themselves, but also between our staff members, their colleagues, their Pupils and colleagues from other agencies who we work closely with to deliver our provision
Acceptance of those of different faiths, beliefs and orientation:
Derby is a multicultural and diverse city. Kingsmead is proud of the increasing levels of diversity within the school and fosters a culture of tolerance and respect. This is achieved through enhancing Pupils’ understanding of their place in a diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.
Lessons and discussions involving prejudices and prejudicial actions are followed and supported by similar themes in some curriculum areas (e.g. ICT, history, PSHE and religious education) and in Key Worker time.
At Kingsmead School, we believe that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural element of our students’ education is pivotal to their development as young people. We pride ourselves on the opportunities we take to allow students to contribute to the community as local, national and global citizens. SMSC is about the values students are encouraged to hold towards themselves, their learning and others. We also take opportunities to ensure that links are made to our core British Values, which helps to prepare our students for a safe, happy and successful life in the wider world.