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British Values, Tackling Radicalisation and SMSC

Oatlands Juniors - Playtime - 2023 (8)British Values

The Department of Education reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy.  

At Oatlands Junior we believe that British Values are ideas or thoughts which are considered important in helping us all to live happy, healthy and safe lives in modern British society. These values are taught and reinforced regularly as part of our curriculum.


We learn about the freedom of speech, hold elections and speak to our Pupil Voice Group representatives.

The Rule of Law

We have agreed rules and expectations so that our school is a safe and happy place for all and where differences are reconciled peacefully. 

Individual Liberty

We provide opportunities to develop self-esteem and confidence as individuals across the curriculum. 

Respect and Tolerance

We learn about people or different cultures and religions, showing them respect and tolerance. We discuss and appreciate the differences between people - faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability. 

The Role of the Curriculum

At Oatlands, our curriculum is rich, inclusive and innovative. Learning extends beyond the classroom through our outdoor environment and extra-curricular opportunities, involving pupils, parents and the local community. Our children are immersed into interesting and fun topics, that develop lively, enquiring minds as they gain essential knowledge, skills and understanding.  Our curriculum encourages children to imagine and create, to make links through well-connected knowledge and celebrates diversity. They learn how to keep themselves safe and interact with the digital world as independent and enterprising learners.

From ‘Our World of Learning’ we want all our children to go out into the world as responsible, confident citizens in a global community, making a positive contribution as life-long learners.

Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism

Please see these websites for more information on preventing radicalisation and extremism.

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind. Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.

The Governing Body of Oatlands Juniors has a zero-tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community members. We rely on our strong values and ethos to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our children protects them from exposure to negative influences. Oatlands Juniors is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance.

  • Children are encouraged to adopt our golden threads within the curriculum: promoting Equality and Diversity, Provoking Curiosity and Embedding safe behaviours. This complements the fundamental key British Values.
  • Children are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech.
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations.
  • Children’s wellbeing, confidence and resilience are promoted through our planned curriculum and extra-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Children are supported in making good choices from a very young age, so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.

Although serious incidents involving radicalisation have not occurred at Oatlands Juniors to date, it is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about the issues which affect the region in which we teach. Staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to refer any concerns through the Child Protection/ Safeguarding Lead Teachers.

Our OJS Passports are bespoke experiences that enhance our pupil's learning journey, during their time at OJS.

Each experience has been carefully selected to help to enrich our pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural education. 

Our World of Learning Child passport Y3

Our World of Learning Child passport Y4

Our World of Learning Child passport Y5

Our World of Learning Child passport Y6

Oatlands Junior School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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