Promoting Fundamental British Values.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in our academy to ensure young people leave us prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
The Key Values are:
Promoting Our Values Our school actively promote the fundamental values of: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance In our school we address these areas through:
Democracy: Democracy is active within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The elections for the School Council members are based solely on pupil votes. Pupils have opportunities to take part in reviewing aspects of school life, school rules and how they are fair and just. We arrange a number of visits and visitors from within our community to discuss and promote democracy in action
The Rule of Law: The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this
involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Individual Liberty: Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safety, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual Respect: Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. It is shared with home through newsletters and website information. Adults throughout the school model, demonstrate and promote respect for others as do older children who have suitable, age related, tasks and responsibilities and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs: This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Participating in national charity events is also an important part of school life, taking part in events such as “Christmas Jumper” for the ‘Save the Children’ and selling poppies in school for Remembrance Day. Children also develop an understanding of global events through the school engagement with UNICEF rights respecting schools agenda and involvement in the UNICEF day for change.