British Values Conference – 6th January 2017 8:30am-3:30pm


Blackburn Central High School are holding a British Values Conference on Friday 6th January 2017, from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

This conference gives primary and secondary school leaders a clearer understanding of what is meant by ‘Fundamental British Values’ and how to embed these in your school, to support learning and meet a range of statutory responsibilities, including community cohesion.

This conference will help school leaders to ensure that mutual respect and tolerance are at the heart of their school community, their students are well prepared for life in modern democratic Britain and their schools are well prepared for inspection.

It will be equally relevant to faith schools, those with no religious designation and with very diverse faith communities.

An opportunity for both primary and secondary schools to learn about tools for self-assessment, review classroom resources, share good practice and consider how to address any challenges they face.

Resources to support the conferenceare available to purchase/order on the day from the Multicultural Bookshop (Bradford).

For information contact Mrs S Hussain on 01254 505700 or

British values as part of SMSC
Keynote Speaker: John Rees
A look at the requirements for schools and the importance of rooting what they do in their own core values. Explore the links between SMSC and fundamental British values, and the importance of this as part of school improvement.

John is passionately committed to enhancing the achievement and life chances of young people, through school improvement and by supporting the professional development of individuals. In addition to a range of training and consultancy roles supporting school and health improvement across the UK and overseas, John is currently a coach and facilitator with ‘Teaching Leaders’, supporting middle leaders in secondary schools; ‘Achievement for All’, and supporting vulnerable learners.

British values in a post-Brexit context
Keynote Speaker: Bill Bolloten
What does the Brexit vote mean for the promotion of British values in schools? With an increase in xenophobia and hostility to those who are perceived by some to not ‘belong’ in Britain, is this now time to reflect on the British values brand and renew our commitment to inclusive, universal values that join up agendas for equality, citizenship, RE and PSHE? Bill will suggest approaches for schools that explore values in meaningful ways and which equip pupils with the skills and attitudes they need for living and learning together.

Bill is an independent education consultant, specialising in work on equalities, SMSC and refugee children. He is currently supporting local authorities in Denmark who are receiving increasing numbers of refugee new arrivals. Bill also provides training to schools and governors on inclusive approaches to developing work around ‘British values’.

Prevent update
Medina Patel – Prevent coordinator

Medina will present the current picture of counter terrorism and implications for practice in Lancashire schools.

Living British values
Afrasiab Anwar – Community faith coordinator

Afraisab will talk about the successful model of ‘Faith Friends’ and how local people from local faith communities can bring the curriculum to life, make a positive contribution to SMSC and build lasting relationships between school and community.

Workshop Choices
Participants will have the opportunity to attend two workshops from the following:

The heart of the school: A whole school approach to SMSC
Bill Bolloten – Independent education consultant
Develop an understanding of the key elements of an effective whole-school, approach to SMSC, including leadership and governance, developing core values, a diverse curriculum and evaluation of impact.

Promotion of British values with EAL learners
Gillian Booth – Head of EAL & whole school literacy intervention at BCHS
How to identify EAL students for intervention, the barriers to their learning and best practice.

Kahani workshop
Aamir Darr – Multicultural Bookshop
Kahani (story in Urdu) raises student attainment, parental engagement and fosters the skills of learning to live together through literature and art.

SMSC, British values & school improvement
John Rees – LA advisor for PSHE
Developing a more detailed understanding of the links between SMSC, fundamental British values and school improvement.

Student Council: Building leaders for the future
Reuben Robertson – Leader of whole school digital technologies at BCHS
An insight on the development of a Student Council to have a positive impact on the school environment, developing leadership skills and assertiveness within young people.

When and where is this conference?
Friday 6th January 2017, 8:30am – 3:30pm Blackburn Central High School, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, BB2 3HJ

How to Book
The conference is only £90 per delegate. To reserve your place please telephone Mrs Shanaz Hussain on 01254 505700 or email

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