The Abbey MAT Prevent Strategy and British Values Statement has been written in response to and in line with government guidance and forms part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy which seeks to:


  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat faced from those who promote these views
  • Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • Work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks of radicalisation which need to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health


The purpose of the Abbey MAT Prevent Strategy and British Values Statement is to show how we aim 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


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 Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of students in Abbey MAT academies is incorporated through the ethos of each academy, the curriculum, the expectations of students and the daily ways of working. This allows for the development of British values by:


  • Enabling students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • Enabling students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • Furthering tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures


and includes:


  • Teaching on identity, diversity and human rights
  • Teaching about democracy through looking at local, national and world events
  • Developing students as active citizens
  • Debating and learning about global issues


At all Abbey MAT academies, students participate in a curriculum that promotes active learning and develops critical personal thinking skills which is age appropriate. The academies focus on active learning and questioning which enables students to explore social and emotional aspects of learning throughout the curriculum. The academies focus on the development of appropriate Student Voice and Student Leadership, through a variety of means, including Student Councils, which provides opportunities for students to develop their views, respect, empathy and tolerance for others in a safe environment.


The MAT actively promotes diversity and shared values between the school community, the local community, the national and global community. We do this by celebrating each academy’s ethos and values, rooted in the Christian ethos of the Trust. These Academy Values form the basis of our students’ understanding of wider communities and there are numerous academic and pastoral opportunities that embed this ethos.


Abbey MAT challenges all prejudices including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism recognising students who are at risk of isolation. The emphasis on pastoral care through the tutor system, Rewards and Consequences, assemblies, PSHCE and enrichment activities ensure that the academies are a safe place to learn and that anti bullying strategies minimise hate and prejudice-based bullying. The academies seek justice for incidences of such bullying and uses restorative approaches to repair harm when caused.


Name & Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

c/o Chapter House

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy

Butcher Hill


LS16 5EA

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