The Service is committed to serving our community and surrounding areas. We recognise that the United Kingdom is a richly diverse, multicultural and multi-faith country, and understand our responsibility in promoting and encouraging a culture and ethos that upholds British Values.
We are highly inclusive and reflect British values in all that we do. We nurture our pupils on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our pupils to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our centres, our local community and the wider world.
The information below reflects how TMBSS works to promote British Values through the ethos and culture of the service.
The Department for Education defines British Values as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
TMBSS actively promotes British Values in the following ways:
- All pupils are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the Service on matters that directly involve them. Pupils also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the Service Council, assemblies and plenaries.
- Pupils, where appropriate, contribute in the construction of the timetable, both in terms of what they would like to study academically and bespoke vocational learning programmes.
- Understanding of the democratic process is embedded throughout the academic curriculum and the SMSC policy.
Rule of Law
- Centre rules and expectations are clear, fair and regularly promoted.
- Pupils are always helped to distinguish right from wrong, in the classroom, during assemblies, plenaries and in the local and wider community.
- Pupils are encouraged to respect the law and the Service enjoys visits from and to authorities such as the Police and other external speakers to help reinforce this message.
- The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies set out a zero tolerance baseline for any form of aggression, abuse or violence, which extends to pupils, staff and parents and carers.
- Within centres, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment, for example by signing up for adventurous activities, off-site learning opportunities with external providers and work experience.
- Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour and our intensive pastoral support reinforces the importance of making the right choices.
- Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons.
- Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged. A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the Service and any form of bullying is challenged and addressed. The Service also operates a robust system of logging incidents.
- We actively challenge any individual expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Those with Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Respect is one of the core values of our school. The pupils are helped to know and understand that it is expected that respect is shown to everyone.
- Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life.
- Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Through the PSHE and RE curriculums and the ethos of the school, pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations.
- Although our own school community lacks diversity, we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which we help pupils understand the contribution that all faiths and cultures have made on British society and a global dimension to our work is embedded in the subjects taught. The curriculum offers the chance for pupils to reflect on our core values and British life.