British Values and Prevent
Through our culture at Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge we embrace the core British values:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Students encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. This is done through a holistic approach, incorporating lessons (where appropriate), tutor time, assemblies and whole school events such as the annual ‘United Colours Day’. In particular, our promotion of cultural diversity has been recognised by Ofsted (2016) who said that “pupils learn to respect each other’s different cultural and religious backgrounds. Pupils from a wide range of cultures and religious backgrounds learn to respect one another. This is crucially important as pupils can be exposed to examples of discriminatory and prejudicial behaviour in the local community”.
Under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge is aware that we must have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, and that this is known as the Prevent Duty.
In order to fulfil the Prevent Duty, staff have received training to support them in identifying young people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and the academy is committed to accessing further training to ensure that all staff are aware of this duty. If staff do identify students for whom this may be a concern, they should apply the usual Child Protection procedures and refer their concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).The Designated Safeguarding Lead will contact Calderdale Council’s Prevent Coordinator should there be concerns about a young person or family linked to potential radicalisation or extremism. The Prevent Coordinator will then assist the DSL regarding whether a referral is required to the Channel Panel.
Further details can be found in the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.