All of our students study CPE (also known as Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics) in Key Stage 3 and can chose to study Citizenship or Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE in Key Stage 4. The curriculum in all CPE-based lessons contains the following elements which are directly applicable to promoting British Values:
- Religious Tolerance of all major religions, Religion in Hartlepool Community Life, Politics and Democracy, Rights and Responsibilities, Human Rights and Freedoms, Charity and Active Citizenship in the Community, Equality
- Crime, Punishment and the Rule of Law, Religion and Equality, Religion, Peace and Justice, Religion, Poverty and Wealth, Religion and Human Relationships, Identity, Democracy and Justice, Rights and Responsibilities, Active Citizenship, Raising Awareness of Inequality etc.
Through the study of foundations subjects, such as in History lessons, students engage with the values which have made Britain a great nation. This includes the democratic development of our country through political reform such as the Chartists and Suffragettes; the establishment of our methods of policing and the expansion of our system of law, progression of freedom and rights from the Magna Carta to the Constitutional Monarchy 4 we have today; the importance of respect and tolerance of other cultures within the British Empire with specific focus on the abolition of slavery and racial equality in a multi-cultural Britain.
Students participate in 1 full day of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education from Year 7-11. This day, known in college as “PSHCE Day” is taught by High Tunstall staff and specialist external agencies on a carousel basis in order that they can work in particular areas of expertise. Year 9 look at Crime and Legal Awareness related to the Rule of Law and Personal Freedom on this day.
The PSHCE curriculum has Citizenship modules in each of Years 7-8 and this contains the following directly relevant elements:
- What does it mean to be British linked to Identity?
- Crime and the law
- Local citizenship and the importance of voting in a democracy
- Human rights and responsibilities
- Extremism and terrorism.
- Respect for others and their beliefs
- E-Safety and Personal Freedom
- Tolerance of others and the Equality Act (protected characteristics)
We also try to raise awareness and take action in relation to globally specific issues led by our Global Leadership Team. Such events linked to British Values have been around Chinese New Year, Eid/Ramadan, the Platinum Jubilee, St. George’s Day, the FIFA World Cup and the Ukraine Crisis.