The DfE have reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."
The Government set out its definition of British values in the Prevent Strategy: these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. These values are taught explicitly through our Personal Development and Religious Education (RE) lessons.
SMSC and personal development are essential to ensuring that our students become kind, determined and proud members of society and encourage them to become the best possible people they can be. We are committed to preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life beyond the Academy, in modern Britain and the global marketplace.
Through our SMSC provision we ensure that students develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. That they are encouraged to respect other people and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. We also promote fundamental British Values ensuring that through our student council students understand democracy and the importance of rules and laws.
We take opportunities to actively promote British values through assemblies and through whole school systems and structures such as Student Leadership opportunities. We also actively promote the British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.
As part of our curriculum, students in all year groups have the opportunity to run as student leader at the academy, working democratically with their team and being an advocate and voice for their academy peers. They campaign with their vision for the academy within their tutor group to become a tutor representative and then nominate a year group representative to join the Academy Council. In Year 11 students can apply to become prefects, senior prefects and our Head students. Student Leadership work closely with teachers and the Principal to debate current issues and bring about democratic change.