Promoting Fundamental British Values.
In accordance with The Department for Education guidance issued in 2013 on 'Improving the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of pupils', we aim to actively promote British values in our Academy to ensure young people leave school 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:
As part of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education of the children at All Saints CE Junior Academy we aim to ensure that pupils have a well-rounded values education. As a Church academy we believe that these values underpin all other aspects of our school life.
The Academy has a clear strategy for embedding these values and aim to demonstrate how our work with pupils has been effective in doing so.
Each term a core value is taught as part of Collective Worship and class assemblies. The overarching values which we aim to support children in developing are Justice, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, Team work, and Compassion.
Opportunities are planned to develop these values in the classroom through class assemblies, and through links to other curriculum areas such as History, P.E, PSHE, R.E etc, as appropriate.
Pupils’ understanding and demonstration of these values are celebrated as part of our weekly ‘Celebration Assembly’ as well as through the awarding of ‘values stickers’ which enable other staff, parents and children to recognise and respond to pupils achievements.
Our Collective Worship Termly Plan exemplifies the ways in which values are taught and developed within our school.
As part of embedding an understanding of ‘British Values’ pupils are expected to develop the following understanding and knowledge:
an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination
Here are some examples of the way in which these values are developed within the academy:
included in suitable parts of the curriculum - as appropriate for the age of pupils - material on the strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries
ensure all pupils within the academy have a voice that is listened to, and demonstrate how democracy works by actively promoting democratic processes such as a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils
use opportunities such as general or local elections to hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view
extra-curricular activities, including any run directly by pupils, in promoting fundamental British values