Promoting British Values through the Curriculum

Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the government's counter-terrorism strategy.  It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

The Prevent strategy:

  • Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support 
  • Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation.

All schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. 

The purpose of the Ansford Academy Prevent Strategy is to protect students from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and British values. To this end it acts to:

•  Raise awareness

•  Provide information

•  Enable learners to make a positive contribution

•  Safeguard young people

Ansford Academy’s British Values

We teach and promote the concept of DEMOCRACY through:

  • Electing an Academy Council and following democratic processes in running the council
  • Electing our Tutor group Council representatives
  • Consulting students, parents/carers through questionnaires on a range of topics
  • Holding a Parent Parliament
  • Taking part, and having representatives elected for, the Youth Parliament.
  • Appointing and developing Full Prefects to aid with activities such as sports
  • Applying peer assessment across the academy
  • Circle time through the tutorial programme
  • Mufti Days voted for, and chosen by, students
  • Our PSHCE curriculum
  • The development of the curriculum
  • Teaching students to respect public institutions and services
  • Taking part, and representing the academy, on issues raised by the Town Council
  • All parents, carers, staff and students can read academy blogs and tweets and make comments on learning at Ansford Academy

 We teach and promote THE RULE OF LAW through:

  • Our Academy Behaviour Policy – Sanctions and Rewards 
  • Academy assemblies 
  • PSHCE including reflecting on right from wrong and consequences 
  • Citizenship/RE - including the importance of laws and why they are enforced.  The values and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. 
  • The planner (including parent and student agreements) 
  • Youth Speaks – opportunities for debating, learning how to argue and defend ideas and views 
  • Teaching the Academy Rules through student planners, assemblies, academy behaviour policy, home-school agreement, internet safety agreement and everyday life modelled by Academy staff 
  • Visiting speakers such as Police Service for assemblies and Theme Days

 We teach and promote the concept of INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY through

  • Student responsibilities of Senior/Full prefects (with a range of responsibilities), numeracy and literacy mentors, peer mentors, librarians and Academy Council representatives. 
  • Delivering leadership courses 
  • Providing a wide range of enrichment activities which students can choose from 
  • Proving an Optional Homework package at KS3 which students can opt into. 
  • E-Safety and safeguarding lessons/activities as part of assemblies and the PSHCE programme 
  • Personalisation of learning 
  • A commitment to Anti-bullying

 We teach and promote MUTUAL RESPECT through:

  • Respect is central to our academy ethos 
  • Our Academy Rules 
  • Collaborating with other schools 
  • Competing against over schools 
  • PSHCE Programme and Theme Days 
  • Circle time as part of the tutorial programme 
  • Charity fund raising events 
  • Participating in local community events including hosting a number of exchanges (including Zambia, China, Netherlands) 
  • Welcoming visitors to the Academy respectfully.


  • Academy assemblies 
  • Visits to other countries and places of worship 
  • RE curriculum 
  • Charity events including themed days 
  • European Day of Languages 
  • Visitors and Speakers in the academy 
  • Assembly programme 
  • Academy displays 
  • Library Books and resources 
  • Weekly themes/Circle Time and thought for the weeks