Prevent and British Values

Since September 2015, as part of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, all colleges have had a duty to promote British values in education to ensure young people leave college prepared for life in modern Britain. This also applies to adult colleges, and at RHACC we ensure that we comply with this duty whilst also maintaining free speech.

The four definitions of British values are as follows:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

In order to enable this, the College will:

  • Provide staff development and training to enable staff to support students' understanding of these values
  • Ensure students have a voice that is listened to and valued
  • Utilise opportunities such as general elections and debates to promote British values and help students to argue and defend different points of view
  • Encourage student participation in working with the wider community
  • Encourage students to become responsible learners, critical thinkers and to actively participate in their own learning and development
  • Promote British values through college events, and in teaching and learning activities.

Activities the College uses to promote British Values


  • Regular opportunities for learners to voice their views about the college and other community services
  • Election of Course Representatives for full time Access, and Foundation courses
  • Focus groups in curriculum areas
  • Student surveys
  • Elected Student Governors, who are active members of the College

Rule of Law

  • Disciplinary policy and procedure
  • Student / Staff Code Of Conduct
  • College policies, for example, IT User Policy

Individual Liberty

  • Regular, thought provoking lectures and events on a wide range of themes from our "School of Ideas"
  • Health and Wellbeing activities
  • Accessible site, with a range of support mechanisms to ensure all have equal access to learning and community activities
  • All learners encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, and be active, lifelong learners

Mutual Respect

  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Learner induction, and engagement activities
  • Enrichment opportunities, for example, volunteering opportunities, class projects, trips and visits, Celebration of Achievement 
  • Anti-Bullying and Safeguarding policy
  • Encouraging all learners to become involved in the life of the college, including fund-raising on behalf of college bursaries to ensure funds available for concessionary fees and access arrangements

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

  • Events and activities across a range of cultures and topics including competitions challenging learners to consider difference
  • Learner-led events (music performances, fund-raising drives for charity etc)
  • Posters around the college