The new Ofsted Framework, coming into practise from September 2019, emphasises the importance for leadership and management to promote British Values in schools and build students’ cultural capital to be global citizens.

Citizenship

Solutions Not Sides workshops can contribute to cultural capital targets in Ofsted inspections by helping students to understand and navigate a rapidly changing 21st Century world. Ofsted states a learning target as “help pupils to develop the skills needed to contribute constructively to society and bring about positive change at school, community, national and global levels”.Through hearing personal stories and allowing pupils to interact with people from other cultures and societies, while seeing how civil society can work to promote positive change and end conflict, our workshops compliment citizenship education. We offer follow-up opportunities and resources for students to become actors for change in their communities, and engage with matters they are passionate about.

Critical thinking

Ofsted lists one of its learning outcomes as “helping pupils develop the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to believe and what to do; engaging in reflective and independent thinking, making logical connections between ideas”. SNS workshops encourage students to be critical thinkers when faced with multiple narratives and media, while building their confidence to voice their opinions and ideas in a team work setting, and then forming more concise ideas to present to their class. Students are pushed to work with others to engage with a global issue, consider past failures, and brainstorm how to improve the current situation.

Safe space discussion

Ofsted’s guidelines on the implementation of education recommends teachers should “promote appropriate discussion about the subject matter they are teaching” as well as “identify misconceptions accurately”. SNS workshops provide a safe space for students to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict and ask challenging questions to real people from the region. SNS is non-partisan in its standpoint and works to challenge misconceptions and conspiracy theories surrounding the conflict to promote community cohesion and combat the Antisemitism/Islamophobia which can stem from this matter.

The work of SNS helps schools to perform successfully within the following specific sections of the Ofsted Framework:

Section 26:

Schools leaders should pursue “ambitious intentions” in their learning aims while providing “effective support for those teaching outside their main areas of expertise”. SNS provides teachers with preliminary material to teach the Israel-Palestine conflict, and is designed for all schools regardless whether they already cover the conflict or not. You can find out how our workshops can compliment your teaching on our main curriculum page.

Section 27:

Schools should make efforts to “create an environment where bullying, peer-on-peer abuse or discrimination are not tolerated”. SNS aims to reduce polarisation and promote understanding and empathy in regards to both Israel and Palestine and Muslim and Jewish communities across the globe, helping to reduce anti-Semitic and Islamophobic sentiments and discrimination.  

Section 28:

School leaders should ensure that “the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational” and that “it provides for learners’ broader development”. SNS workshops expose students to an interactive learning experience designed to enrich the existing teaching and learning relationship in social sciences.

Ofsted inspectors evaluate the extent to which the education provider prepares learners for life in modern Britain by:

  • Equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society

  • Developing their understanding of fundamental British values

  • Developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity

  • Celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law

The workshops teach students to listen to, respect, understand and synthesise multiple viewpoints, recognise and reject media biases, and respect the importance of constructive citizenship and peaceful, democratic activism. Solutions Not Sides can help schools promote the principles of British Values and prepare students to become empowered and informed citizens in multi-cultural modern Britain.