Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Promoting British Values

In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  We promote these values through our Academy values, The Edge (please see the SMSC section for more details on this), our curriculum and enrichment activities.

 

Value

How We Promote It

Democracy

Links to Academy values:

  • Relationships
  • Equality

 

Link to The Edge characteristics:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • We have an elected School Council.  This is used as an opportunity to promote and teach about democracy and the electoral process.
  • We encourage volunteerism in and out of school.  This includes responsibilities such as Eco Warriors, playground buddies, head girl and boy, House captains, champion of change and also raising money for local and national charities. 
  • Democracy is promoted through ‘big question’ focused PSHE lessons and assemblies. 
  • The Academy has house teams with a range of meetings and  events

The rule of law

Links to Academy values:

  • Equality
  • Inclusion
  • Relationships

 

Link to The Edge characteristics:

  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy.  There are rewards for exhibiting good and caring behaviour and consistent demonstration of our values is recognised through our ‘green’ rewards and events
  • Through our school assemblies, curriculum activities and PSHE children are taught how to earn trust and respect and are supported to develop a strong sense of morality; knowing right from wrong and doing the right thing even when it’s difficult.
  • The local police officer / PCSO visit the school to talk to the children and explain about their role in society.
  • Current affairs are used as a discussion point as part of exploring the termly ‘big questions’
  • Every class develops and signs up to a set of class rules based on the Academy values.

Individual liberty

Links to Academy values:

  • Equality
  • Hope
  • Perseverance

 

Link to The Edge characteristics:

  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Through our Academy values, PSHE program and The Edge, children are taught about personal responsibility, choices, ambition and aspiration.  They are encouraged to take opportunities to follow their interests in art, music, sport etc.
  • Views and values are explored and challenged through our termly ‘big questions’
  • The Edge focuses on developing key attributes for success in the future.   This is taught through the curriculum and in discrete lessons in focused year groups
  • Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, including on-line.  This is done through computing lessons, assemblies and through our PSHE curriculum.
 

Mutual respect

Links to Academy values:

  • Relationships
  • Equality
  • Inclusion

 

Link to The Edge characteristics:

  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. 
  • Through our Academy values, PSHE and The Edge children are taught to respect each other, to be cooperative and collaborative, be supportive and to look for similarities while being understanding of differences.
  • Our PSHE ‘big questions’ are linked to the termly Oasis Value enabling children to explore skills, attitudes and beliefs throughout the curriculum
  • Mutual respect is also promoted through explicit role modelling from all adults within the school.  This is modelled through respectful interactions between adults and children, adults and adults and children and children
  • Any reports of bullying or unkind behaviour are taken seriously by all adults and investigated fully.  This is shared with the children.
  • The Academy has house teams with a range of meetings and  events
  • Talk partners are used as a strategy to support learning throughout the curriculum

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

 

Links to Academy values:

  • Inclusion
  • Relationships
  • Hope

 

Link to The Edge characteristics:

  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • We have high expectations about pupil conduct and this is reflected in our Behaviour Policy. 
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the Religious Education curriculum.  Children learn about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.
  • Assemblies also mark and celebrate significant religious festivals
  • Visits are made by local religious leaders and children have the opportunity to visit places of worship.
  • During the term focused on our Value of Inclusion, each class has a ‘big question’ to explicitly explore thinking and beliefs around different faiths and beliefs.  Current affairs and significant festivals are used to support and challenge the discussion
  • All staff have taken part in Workshop Raising Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) and the Deputy Principal is a trainer for WRAP
  • The Academy has house teams with a range of meetings and  events