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Promoting British Values at The Weston Road Academy
The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were further reinforced in September 2014. These new regulations will sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of school.
Schools will be expected to focus on, and be able to show, how our work with pupils is effective in embedding fundamental British values.
Promoting British values at The Weston Road Academy
We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance towards those of different faiths and beliefs
At the Academy, pupils will encounter these principles throughout everyday Academy life.
The curriculum is mapped in detail across the whole Academy. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our Academy community:
Pupil voice is significant in regards to life at the Academy. Our pupil elected Academy Council plays a significant role in our Academy. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making the Academy a better place to learn. Pupils have a great amount of input into the life of the Academy through the use of the pupil voice.
Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the formation of the Academy Council, and the active participation of our pupils in it, will sow the seeds for a more sophisticated understanding of democracy in the future.
The Rule of Law
Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.
This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the Academy rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. We allow opportunity to debate and discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community including police, war veterans, the fire brigade and many more. We believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.
We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our Academy, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. In lessons, learning tasks are often left for the child to decide upon. We encourage children to choose the task that will challenge them, giving them more freedom to determine their own learning. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. We educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At the Academy we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily Academy life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children embark upon their adult lives.
Mutual respect is at the core of our Academy life. Pupils learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the Academy and in the classrooms. Our Academy motto is “Working Together, Making a Difference” and this partnership is seen throughout the various relationships between pupils, parents and Academy staff. The Academy prides itself on the excellent charity work that pupils take part in throughout the year. The Academy also has a robust anti- bullying policy and a culture in which everybody plays their role in reducing bullying.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At the Academy we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. At the Academy we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.