We know the importance of allowing students to flourish academically, and we embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life. Part of our role in that, is promoting British values with our students; values which underpin a modern, civilised society of which we can be proud.
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These values are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
These values play a central role within the school community and support good relationships in which teachers and students work together towards common goals.
We encourage Democracy within the academy, both through our Co-op values and our Student Parliament. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our student parliament and student questionnaires.
Students also have a say in the ‘full-value contract’ which is co-constructed at the start of each year. Students are also involved in the recruitment of new staff members, allowing them to have input on how our community grows.
The Rule of Law
Students are taught the value and reasoning behind laws, and why they are important to govern and protect us. We also teach them about our social and self responsibility to respect laws; be they those which govern the class, the academy or the country. We use our own behaviour in the Academy as an example of how to respect each other and the rules.
We provide the support and a safe environment where pupils can start to make their own choices. We encourage students to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. Students are able to have their own restorative conversations with staff, and be proactive in repairing relationships.
We offer a range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities and students are given the freedom to make choices about what they want to do.
The Academy’s ethos and behaviour policy are built around the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity, democracy and solidarity. Students are part of discussions and assemblies relating to what these mean and how they manifest themselves. We display these values around the academy to promote respect for others, and this is strengthened through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We are proud that our Academy is very diverse and we give all students the opportunity to express their beliefs and faiths. We help students understand their place in a culturally diverse society, and the importance of accepting others. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying are supported by learning in RE, citizenship and coaching time. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with each other.
Anti-Extremism and Radicalisation
Extreme views can become something dangerous. Anti-extremism charity, Educate Against Hate support the belief that “schools should be a safe space where students can discuss social and political issues, including extremism and terrorism”.
We discuss difficult topics with our students to build their resilience, which helps them to challenge extreme views. By giving them the skills to explore issues critically, with balanced arguments and evidence, our students can safely explore important topics. We also promote the fundamental British values we have outlined in the sections above.
We treat all safeguarding concerns with the same seriousness, and this includes extremism and radicalisation. If you have concerns that your child or anyone is being radicalised, please see our guidance.