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British Values

Dean Trust Wigan prepares pupils positively for life in modern Britain and we promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Dean Trust Wigan pupils understand that laws are set for good reasons and must be adhered to. The importance of rules is consistently reinforced through curriculum and daily practice. Assemblies and weekly timetabled PSHE lessons give an opportunity to discuss and debate issues.

Pupils will learn “British Values,” which includes valuing the rule of law and individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance to those of other faiths, backgrounds and beliefs. Through delivering this PSHE curriculum we intend to support the resilience of our students by allowing them to discuss controversial issues whilst giving them the confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.

Teaching the Values


What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. At Dean Trust Wigan  we aim to use a variety of methods to help our pupils develop into self-assured confident, happy, positive young people who are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Each subject area contributes to the spiritual moral, social and cultural education of the pupils during lesson. All students also access a thirty minute PSHE lesson every week. These lessons are designed to be reactive to global, national or local issues and encourage the pupils to debate around a  wide variety of topics.

Dean Trust Wigan Prevent
From “Prevent” –

‘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; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’

Every member of Dean Trust Wigan should be protected against violent extremism and terrorist activity. The following documents are good reference for further reading:
• Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
• “The Prevent Duty” (2015)
• Channel: Vulnerability and Assessment Framework
• “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2015)
• “Learning Together to be Safe”
• “Prevent Duty Guidance – England and Wales”

All staff are prevent trained and should be alert to the threat of radicalisation. These include: disclosures by pupils of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups, especially where students have not actively sought these out.
• Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images.
• Pupils accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites.
• Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and request for assistance.
• Partner schools, local authority services, and police reports of issues affecting pupils in other schools or settings.
• Pupils voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives.
• Use of extremist or “hate” terms to exclude others or incite violence.
• Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability,
homophobia, race, colour or culture.
• Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others.
• Anti-Western or Anti-British views.

Unicef Rights Respecting School

Together young people and our school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day. Our Rights Respecting School programme is taught in PSHE and assemblies and shared with staff in training ad briefing and in our everyday actions. Our programme is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. At DTW children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.

There are four key areas of impact; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem.

The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.

  • Children are healthier and happier
  • Children feel safe
  • Children have better relationships
  • Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world

Click here to find out more about The Rights Respecting Schools Award | UNICEF UK


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