Fundamental British Values
At Ruskin Mill Trust Special Schools, we actively promote positive, inclusive values within the vision, method and purpose of the Trust. These include “British Values” as defined by the government within its “Prevent Strategy” as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We believe British values are those values expected of anyone living in Britain, regardless of their nationality, culture or religious belief.
Our vision, curriculum and purpose reflects these values, and we place great emphasis on role modelling and building positive relationships in school, amongst the students themselves, between staff and students, and within our community. We strongly believe students should not merely be taught such values but that they are meaningful, relevant and embedded into school life.
That each individual has the potential to shape their own future through experiencing meaningful relationships with universe, earth and people.
We value inclusive learning and living activities that integrate practical activity, thinking and our emotions.
We value mutual respect and we strive to understand all people’s differences and uniqueness.
We value the capacity for re-imagination present in all people, towards positive change and development.
We value openness, goodwill, tolerance and treating individuals with dignity and respect.
We provide students with holistic learning by role modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, commerce, agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment.
By immersing students in the productive aspect of our curriculum, they learn to care for their own wellbeing and development, and overcome their barriers to learning. Students learn to recognise their capabilities and positively contribute to society which is continuously celebrated through cultural events and arts festivals for staff, students and the wider community.
The school believes that this is something achieved through the curriculum and through the school’s core values as well as its provision for students beyond the classroom. The values of Ruskin Mill Trust guide and drive the direction of the school’s improvement but are also fundamental in supporting the development of British values within our setting.
Within our unique curriculum there are many opportunities and activities that students participate in which underpin the promotion of British values. In addition, student voice activities give students a role in contributing to the life of the school.
The school will continue to strive to ensure that its children and young people leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and make a positive contribution to society.