S6C is positively committed to creating an inclusive environment which is free from discrimination and where there is mutual respect and equality for all.
The college is dedicated to promoting values which help to develop a strong sense of community and social and moral responsibility by:
- Creating environments which are free from discrimination, intolerance, and hate
- Challenging prejudice and stereotyping
- Strengthening relationships by enabling and understanding of people and communities beyond our own immediate experience
- Allowing people to be who they are without prejudice
- Ensuring students understand the importance of respect and leave the college fully prepared to live and work in modern Britain and the world as responsible citizens
The Department of Education has published guidance on promoting British values in education. British values are defined as:
The Prevent strategy highlights the need to focus and reinforce British Values, which are:-
‘An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through a democratic process’
Democracy is a theme within S6C where our Student Union can influence and challenge decision-making.
Student surveys also allow individuals to express their views and opinions, which again may influence and shape the development of the college strategy.
Through the life skills programme and clubs and societies, students learn about democracy, and how they as individuals can influence decision making, not just at S6C but also in their lives.
The Rule of Law
‘An appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens is essential for their wellbeing and safety’
Rules and laws are important as they govern many aspects of life. At S6C, students are provided with information about the college’s Learner Agreement and Disciplinary process, which highlight the college’s rules and expectations, aiming to create a safe environment for all. As individuals, we are responsible to abide by rules and laws, and to respect their value, as they are in place to protect us. When rules and laws are broken then consequences and actions may follow. We must take responsibility for our own thoughts, words and actions and have a clear understanding of what is right and what is wrong.
‘An understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law’
At S6C, we provide boundaries and guidance for students to help them make informed choices within education and life. Everyone has the freedom to make choices and to understand their rights to individual freedom in being able to choose and follow a particular faith or belief. Equality and Diversity within the college focuses on raising awareness of individual rights, choices and beliefs.
‘An understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination’
Mutual respect is at the heart of S6C’s values. Everyone should understand that their behaviours have an effect on themselves and others. All members of the college should treat others in a respectful and polite manner. Treat others as we would wish to be treated. This is an important message at S6C but also in everyday life.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
‘An acceptance that other people have different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminating behaviour’
People may have different faiths and beliefs to yours, but that does not make it wrong – just different. Britain is a society of many cultures, religions and faiths and we need to respect and accept that others may have different views. Individuals or groups should not face discrimination because their views and values are not shared by all. S6C actively promotes an understanding of Equality and Diversity through many activities and themes, in an attempt to combat discrimination of any individual or group.