Ovingham Middle School is proud to uphold the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We do this through teaching our students about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the ‘Rights Respecting School Award’.
All the articles in the CRC have equal weight however, Articles that will clearly help support and define British values are:
Article 2 (without discrimination) The Convention applies to every child whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say, no matter what type of family they come from
Article 4 (protection of rights) Governments must do all they can to fulfil the rights of every child.
Article 13 (freedom of expression) Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive information of any kind as long as it is within the law
By actively discussing all the articles and rights our children have we promote that these rights should be applied to all people and we can embed the fundamental British Values we believe make our learners knowledgeable, informed and free thinking individuals capable of making our world and country an amazing place to be.
A link to the CRC can be found here: http://www.unescocentre.ulster.ac.uk/pdfs/pdfs_uncrc/uncrc_summary_version.pdf
To support the governments anti radicalisation policies all our teachers have had current Prevent training. We believe however, that creating a safe environment, and our focus on providing a supportive and caring pastoral community, enables our learners and staff to feel they can express and discuss their views and opinions in an open culture of support, challenge and respect.