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Last updated: Monday 10th July 2017
The government set out their definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school and college prepared for life in Modern Britain.
At South Leicestershire College, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility. We prepare our students for life in Modern Britain by developing an understanding of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The five definitions of British values are as follows:
It is our aim that all South Leicestershire College students are able to contribute effectively to the wider community, using the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time at South Leicestershire College. As well as being fully engaged in their learning experience, we want our students to become responsible and well-rounded individuals.
Our College Strategic Plan confirms a mission and vision to place “the college at the heart of the community” through the following values:
A South Leicestershire College student will always be: Ready, Responsible and Respectful
The principle of democracy is consistently being reinforced at South Leicestershire College, as all students are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the College on matters that directly involve students.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the College or the country, are consistently reinforced at South Leicestershire College.
At South Leicestershire College students are actively encouraged to make independent choices with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Staff at South Leicestershire College educate and provide boundaries for students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education.
South Leicestershire College has a robust anti-bullying culture and has in place a comprehensive Behaviour Policy that promotes achievement for all students.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Respect is a strong part of South Leicestershire College and is part of our College Shared Values. Students learn that their behaviour has an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the College community treat each other with respect and this is reiterated through our teaching and learning environments.
Students are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life. Our College welcomes those with varying backgrounds and we teach our students to understand their place in a culturally diverse society. Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour wherever it occurs.
South Leicestershire College strives endlessly to ensure that its students leave with the strongest foundation of values upon which to build a successful life and a successful contribution to our society.
Read more about British Values and the Prevent Strategy here.