Landau Forte College promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We promote equality of opportunity and diversity, working with students to understand, appreciate and respect difference in the world and its communities. In fact, these are also incorporated into our school ‘House’ names, as created by students:
Through our Values curriculum and wider College initiatives, we:
- enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
- enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
- further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
- encourage respect for other people; and
- encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of students as a result:
- an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
- an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
- an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
- an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
- an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.
- In the Values and Year 9 World Studies curriculum, as well as the Tutorial Programme, students explore a range of issues, such as how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries
- Students have a voice that is listened to, and we demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes through the Landau Forte Student Parliament, with elected students, and through our involvement in Derby’s Youth Mayor initiative. This also provides opportunities to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide students with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view
- The after-College enrichment programme and student-led assemblies across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities. Our sixth formers also offer support to our younger learners.